The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today unveiled the names of the cities from which a final winner to host the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 will be voted on by the IOC membership.
Moscow and Singapore were chosen through a postal vote by the Executive Board last week, and will now be submitted to a postal vote by the IOC members. The winning city will be announced by IOC President Jacques ROGGE in a live web cast on www.olympic.org
provisionally scheduled for 21 February.
The Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together talented young athletes - age group 14 to 18 - from around the world. The first Summer Youth Olympic Games will gather approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials and feature 100 sailors in four sailing events: one person dinghy men; one person dinghy women; windsurfing men; and windsurfing women.
The EB decision's on the two finalists was based on an IOC Evaluation Commission report.
Click here to download the report from the IOC website
Chaired by Sergey BUBKA, the Commission assessed the five shortlisted Candidate Cities' projects - Athens (Greece), Bangkok (Thailand), Moscow (Russia), Singapore (Singapore) and Turin (Italy). The report focused on the risks associated with the organization of the Games with only two-and-a-half years remaining to plan and prepare to host the first edition of this new event.
Voting by post will take place over the coming weeks, with all IOC members, except those from the Russian Federation and Singapore, entitled to vote. An independent and certified notary based in Lausanne, Switzerland, will oversee the process to guarantee confidentiality. The city with the most number of votes will be elected as the Host City of the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010, marking the conclusion of a candidature process that started in August 2007. In the event of a tie, the IOC President will consult the EB members entitled to vote and will make the final decision based on this consultation.
ISAF Youth, Development and Training microsite - www.sailing.org/development