September 22 - The British Olympic Association (BOA) are set to decide this November whether or not to put forward a bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Glasgow City Council has already contacted the BOA expressing an interest in hosting the prestigious event for 15 to 18-year-old elite athletes and the subject was discussed by the BOA board of directors yesterday at a scheduled meeting at their headquarters on Charlotte Street in central London.
It was decided at the meeting that the BOA management team will continue to access potential bids for the event before the Board is given a recommendation about what course of action to take in November.
"The British Olympic Association management team will continue assessing the feasibility of bringing forward a UK bid and will provide a recommendation to the board at its November meeting," the BOA head of Olympic media and communications strategy, Darryl Seibel, told insidethegames.
Glasgow look set to be the only city in the UK that are considering a bid for the event after Manchester and Birmingham - the other obvious British candidates for the competition - confirmed to insidethegames that they have no plans to put forward a bid.
Meanwhile, Cardiff, Wales appears to be more focused on a potential bid for the Commonwealth Games in 2022 or 2026.
Glasgow are hoping that their bid will prove attractive for the BOA to put forward as a UK candidate due to the fact that the majority of the infrastructure and venues will already be in place by 2018 as the city is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow are building a number of brand new sporting venues for the 2014 competition - including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (pictured) - and are set for their major inspection of their facilities next month, with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Coordination Commission set to pay their first visit to the city from October 3-6.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the bidding process to host the 2018 Youth Olympics last week by sending a letter to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) informing them of the procedure and documentation available for cities interested in hosting the competition.
The letter to the NOCs was accompanied by the Summer Youth Olympic Games Brochure and Candidature Procedure and Questionnaire and outlines the key dates.
The letter shows that NOCs have until March 1, 2012, to name a Candidate City before submitting the Candidature File and other documents by October 15, 2012 with a decision on where the event is held set to be made in June 2013.
Buenos Aires, Argentina and Monterrey, Mexico have already said that they will bid for the competition, with other potential bid cities including Medellín in Colombia, Kazan in Russia, The Hague in the Netherlands, Abuja in Nigeria and Makhachkala in Dagestan, a neighbour of Chechnya.
All the cities are set to be at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne from November 1-2 this year as the IOC will hold a "Bidding for the Games" conference there which is aimed at NOCs and cities interested in bidding for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games or 2020 Olympic Games.
The inaugural Summer Youth Olympics took place in Singapore last year and was hailed as a huge success, with Innsbruck, Austria set to stage the first ever Winter Youth Olympics next January.
The Chinese city of Nanjing will host the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics and Lillehammer are set to host the second Youth Olympic Games in 2016 as they are the only bidder for the event.
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