Friday, June 20, 2014

Brasov (ROM) and Lausanne (SUI) Submit Their Candidature Files To Host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it has received the Candidature Files of two Candidate Cities bidding to host the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, Brasov (ROM) and Lausanne (SUI).
The YOG 2020 Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC member Ms Yang Yang, will now analyse the Candidature Files and prepare a report that will be submitted to the IOC Executive Board. On the basis of this report, the IOC Executive Board will decide which of the Cities will be put forward for further evaluation at its meeting in December this year. Following further assessment and video conferences with the shortlisted Candidate Cities, a report will be submitted to the IOC members, who will then elect the host city for the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games, at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in the summer of 2015. Please note that the IOC will not release the Candidature Files, but has informed the Candidate Cities that they can make their Files public as of 18 June. The first edition of the Winter YOG was held in Innsbruck in 2012, with the second edition scheduled to take place in Lillehammer in 2016.
The Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, to be held between February 26th and March 6th 2016, will bring together more than one thousand athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from approximately 80 National Olympic Committees to compete in Bobsleigh, Luge, Ski jumping, Alpine skiing, Nordic Combined, Cross Country, Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice hockey, Speed Skating, Shorttrack skating, Snowboard, and Freestyle (Skicross / Halfpipe).

The Youth Olympic Games are a sporting event for young people, balancing sport, culture and education.
Young athletes will participate in high-level competitions and alongside the sports element of the event, will participate in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on five themes: Olympism and Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.
Non-athletes (young ambassadors, young reporters etc.) will also participate with young athletes in CEP activities, as well as local youth.
It was during its Session in Guatemala City in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to educate, engage and influence young athletes inspiring them to play an active role in their communities, founded on the idea of the President Jacques Rogge of the IOC.Steeped in sporting history, Lillehammer is no stranger to the Olympic Movement, having hosted, in 1994, an unforgettable Olympic Winter Games.

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