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									Media Release
12 October 2012


A YouGov poll has revealed that 69% of the UK believe that staging the 2018 Youth
Olympic Games (YOG) in Glasgow would continue to inspire a generation of young people
beyond London 2012.

This strong show of support for Glasgow’s Bid to continue the UK’s Olympic journey comes
as Glasgow 2018’s young champions Mahad Ahmed and Jasmine Main flew to Lausanne
in Switzerland today to deliver the Candidature File to the International Olympic Committee
in time for Monday’s deadline.

They were waved off at Glasgow Airport by Olympic athlete and Commonwealth medallist
Lee McConnell, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson, Scottish Government
Minister for External Affairs and and International Development, Humza Yousaf, and Chair
of the British Olympic Association (BOA), Lord Colin Moynihan.

The poll also revealed that 62% of those asked supported Glasgow’s Bid, with that figure
rising to 68% in Scotland. 68% of Scots also believe staging the YOG would continue to
inspire young people to become more involved in sport and physical activity.

Glasgow 2018 is seeking to capitalise on the opportunities created by the London 2012
Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, as well as
the city’s ongoing international sporting events programme. Glasgow 2018 would be a
tangible legacy for these major events, and a powerful catalyst for the next phase in the
UK’s journey with the Olympic Movement by empowering young people to become
champions in their lives.

The Bid is a strong partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council
and the BOA. Young people have also played a vital role in the Bid.

The poll comes after more than 5000 secondary school pupils pledged their support for the
Bid so far during the Be a Champion in Your Life roadshow. The two-month tour of
Glasgow’s 29 secondary schools and the city’s Gaelic School will see the 2018 Bid Team
reach around 30,000 young people by mid-November.

Glasgow’s Bid has already won the support of the Prime Minister David Cameron and
Olympians including Dame Kelly Holmes, Sir Chris Hoy, gold medallist rower Katherine
Grainger and Glasgow’s silver medallist swimmer Michael Jamieson.

Lee McConnell, also a European and World Championship medalist, said: “Glasgow is a
special place to compete in as an athlete so it is very exciting to think that the world’s best
young athletes could get their first taste of the special nature of competing in an Olympic-
styled event right here in front of such amazing crowds.
“To be bidding for the Youth Olympic Games after the wonderful scenes everybody enjoyed
at London 2012 is a real opportunity for the UK to continue its Olympic journey and
concentrate on the young people we all hope to inspire.

“Encouraging young people to be more active and to achieve their best through the power
of sport is so important. In Scotland we are working really hard to make sure the
Commonwealth Games in 2014 delivers this legacy for our young people and so to carry on
to 2018 would be such a great opportunity.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Our submission to
host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games is a compelling one, and it clearly has the support of
people across the UK.

“This Bid has young people at its very heart. It demonstrates the very best Glasgow has to
offer on both a sporting and cultural level and reflects our reputation as one of the world’s
leading sporting and cultural cities.

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to continue the UK’s Olympic journey, building on
the undoubted success of London 2012 and of course our own plans for the Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth Games. Hosting the 2018 Youth Olympic Games would allow us to take
that journey to the next stage and leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

“Our Bid is based on a proven-track record of delivering international events and investing
in world-class sporting facilities. But we are very much more than a safe pair of hands. We
are ready to surprise the world in 2018.”

Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government Minister for External Affairs and International
Development, said: “This is a proud day for Scotland as we send off our young people to
Lausanne to hand in what we hope will be a Bid that will win us the privilege of hosting the
Youth Olympic Games in 2018.

“Scotland has a growing and deserved reputation for staging successful world class events
and winning the right to host the Youth Olympic Games would be a fantastic opportunity to
showcase Scotland on the world stage. Not only would it be an inspiring event, but it would
help support jobs and growth in the tourism, service and event industries which are so
important to our economy.

“Of course the Youth Olympic Games is all about young people and one of the key benefits
of staging it would be the unique opportunity it provides for Glasgow to concentrate
resources on young people and use the power of the Olympic Movement to help them fulfill
their potential, develop their skills and empower them to become effective global citizens.”

Lord Colin Moynihan, Chair of the British Olympic Association, said: “The Glasgow 2018
Bid Committee understands that sport has the unique power to inspire young people to
pursue their dreams, and to unite the youth of the world in a shared commitment to values
that have never been more important than they are today.

“These principles are at the heart of the Candidature File that is being submitted today, and
the British Olympic Association extends its congratulations to our partners at Glasgow
Notes to editors:

1. Background

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international sporting event for the best young
athletes in the world that aims to inspire young people to participate in sport and adopt and
live by the Olympic values.

The event will see young athletes (15-18 years of age) compete in all 28 Olympic sports
over 12 days of world-class competition.

Glasgow became the UK’s Candidate City for the 2018 YOG in February 2012. The first
summer YOG was held in Singapore in 2010. It was broadcast to 160 territories with an
estimated audience of more than 247m.

The event attracted seven million viewers to the IOC YouTube channel (the 3rd most
watched in the world). Organisers also recruited 20,000 volunteers.

The Great Britain team won 13 medals in Singapore (5 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze). The
diver Tom Daley and taekwondo player Jade Jones, both medal winners at London 2012,
took part.

The Games follow the traditional four year cycle with the next summer event being held in
Nanjing, China, in 2014. The first winter YOG was held this year in Innsbruck, Austria, and
the next will be in 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway.

2. 2018 Young Champion Biographies

Mahad Ahmed

17-year-old athlete Mahad joined the Glasgow School of Sport when he was 11-years-old.

In 2008 he set a new Scottish under 13 100m record and was ranked the fastest under 13
schoolboy in the UK.

He is now a triple jumper and recently won the Scottish Schools Triple Jump title and is
currently ranked Number 1 in his age group in Scotland.

His aim is to keep improving, break more records, to be the next Philips Idowu and to
represent Scotland at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Jasmine Main

Jasmine is an 18-year-old drama student from Carntyne, in the East End of Glasgow.

With a real passion for the arts, in her spare time Jasmine works closely with the National
Theatre of Scotland as a National Theatre of Scotland Champion.

In that role she plays a major part in finding creative ways for her community to discover the
work of the Company and to experience the joys of the theatre.
3. Ways to back the Bid

Glasgow 2018 web address:

Like us on Facebook on Download your exclusive
Glasgow 2018 twibbon.

Follow us on Twitter @Glasgow2018. Something to share #Glasgow2018

4. Timeline

   Milestone                                                      Timing

   Deadline for BOA to submit final YOG Candidature File to the   15 October 2012
   International Olympic Committee (IOC).
   The IOC Executive Board will announce a shortlist of candidate 12-13 February 2013
   cities based on the strength of Candidature Files and
   responses from IOC and experts between October and
   Video conferences between Bid Committees and the IOC             February - March 2013
   Evaluation Commission in lieu of formal presentations. This will
   be the final opportunity to present the case and respond to
   IOC Evaluation Commission to report on candidate cities.       May 2013

   Recommendation by the IOC Executive Board of finalist YOG      23-25 May 2013
   Candidate Cities to be submitted to the IOC for selection.
   Election of the Host City of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic      3-4 July 2013
   Games in 2018.

   5. Sports

   There were 26 summer sports in the London Olympic programme, however Golf and
   Rugby have now been included for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the Nanjing
   Youth Games in 2014.
   Therefore the Bid is put together on the basis of the 28 sports below, with any future
   changes or additions to sports being incorporated into the programme as appropriate.
   Although the Youth Olympic Games have the same sports as the Olympics, it has a
   reduced number of events per sport and has the ability to introduce exciting new
   formats, for example ‘three on three’ basketball, mixed National Olympic Committee
   events and mixed gender team events.
 Aquatics            Cycling               Hockey               Table Tennis
 Archery             Equestrian            Judo                 Taekwondo
 Athletics           Fencing               Modern Pentathlon    Tennis
 Badminton           Football              Rowing               Triathlon
 Basketball          Golf                  Rugby                Volleyball
 Boxing              Gymnastics            Sailing              Weightlifting
 Canoeing            Handball              Shooting             Wrestling

6. YouGov Poll
The YouGov Poll was conducted across the UK between 9-11 October with a sample
size of 2027.

7. Glasgow 2018 Bid Team
The Bid Submission was also delivered by 2018 Bid Director, Paul Bush, Jan Paterson
BOA Director of Olympic Relations, 2018 Programme Manager, Gerry Squire, and 2018
Communications Project Manager, Julie McCulloch.

For more information contact:
Michelle McGinty, Glasgow 2018,, 030 2014 0903
John Egan Glasgow 2018 07584217858
Chris Starrs, Glasgow City Council,, 0141 287 5742
Gurjit Singh, Scottish Government,, 0131 244 2701


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