Andres Botero Phillipsbourne, International Olympic Committee ((IOC) member and Minister of Sport for Colombia, said following the IOC’s announcement that Medellin was one of the three cities short listed for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, “we are thrilled with today’s announcement from the IOC. It is a validation of the commitment the entire country has to bring this wonderful event to Colombia. We would like to thank the IOC for continuing to show confidence in our candidature.
“The city of Medellin has a particularly compelling story and the IOC has recognized the city as an example of how sport can play a role in social change. There has been a huge public investment in the city over the last decade in youth, education, sport and culture – the very same priorities as the Youth Olympic Games. The reality today is that Medellin would be the perfect fit to organize this event”.
The IOC report praised the bid’s compact venue plan and use of existing venues. It confirmed that Medellin’s project “presents minimal risk to the IOC”, and highlighted the “clear and good quality” bid guarantees that show the full support from the highest level of government.
Medellin 2018 CEO Juan Camille Quintero added, “this is another positive step in the transformation of the city and we are pleased that the IOC confirmed that our bid proposal demonstrates not only a strong and compact venue concept, but also a unique cultural and educational experience for Games participants”.