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Buenos Aires named 2018 Youth Olympics host

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded Buenos Aires the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The Argentine city beat its South American rival Medellin by 49 to 39 in the second round of voting by IOC members. In the first round, Glasgow was eliminated after getting only 13 votes, compared to 40 for Buenos Aires and 32 for Medellin.

There were previously over Buenos Aires’ ability to host the Games after the IOC evaluation commission reported worries about the effects of inflation on its $104.69 million budget, which already was considerably smaller than Medellin and Glasgow. However, Buenos Aires 2018 bid organisers later guaranteed the funding with 66 per cent of the budget being financed by its government.

“I am absolutely thrilled that the IOC has awarded the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires," said Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic Committee and IOC member. "I would like to express my thanks to President Rogge and all the members of the IOC who have placed their trust in us and we will not let them down.

“We feel this is the right time for Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Olympic Movement to join together and advance the cause of Olympism among young people across the globe. Buenos Aires believes in the Youth Olympic Games, its values and principles, and the inspirational energy of sport to empower the youth. We are honoured to be chosen as host for the YOG in 2018 because we want the event to thrive and grow in the exciting years ahead."