Buenos Aires announces YOG Bid

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Buenos Aires is bidding to host the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), according to Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic Committee and a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Werthein was in Innsbruck in mid–February 2012 for the start of the first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games. He has submitted a letter to IOC president Jacques Rogge confirming Buenos Airess bid. Werthein said: " I am happy to confirm that Buenos Aires will bid to host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018. We believe that Buenos Aires would be an excellent Host City for this exciting new addition to the Olympic sports calendar. " We stand ready to be the IOCs perfect partner for this special event and look forward to formally signing the YOG Candidature documents in March. Our aim is help spread the positive values of Olympism amongst young people in Argentina, South America and across the world. " Mauricio Macri, mayor of Buenos Aires, who has also written to president Rogge confirming his full support for the bid, added: For us it would be an immense privilege to welcome the youth of the world to our city in 2018. Buenos Aires is one of the world's most exciting and hospitable cities, with first class infrastructure and a true passion for sport. " We believe we have a lot to offer as a city and as a bid and we are proud to give our full and absolute support to the National Olympic Committee. " It was also confirmed that the Argentine Olympic Committee and Buenos Aires City government have appointed VERO Communications as lead advisers on the citys bid. Gerardo Werthein said: " We are delighted that Mike Lee and VERO will be working with us. Mike and his team have a great track–record and have been at the heart of several successful Olympic and sporting campaigns. It is a great start to our bid. " Mike Lee OBE, chairman of VERO, said: Buenos Aires is a vibrant international city with a fantastic sporting and cultural pedigree that would provide an inspiring platform to deliver a memorable Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018. We are honoured to be working with Gerardo and the mayor on this very exciting project. "

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