Anne McTaggart MSP has welcomed the bid to bring the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Glasgow, and has called on the Scottish Government to do the same.
Anne submitted a parliamentary motion on the topic last week, congratulating Glasgow City Council for putting Glasgow forward to hold the prestigious event. If the bid – to be formally submitted next month –is successful, then Glasgow will play host to the biggest multi-sport event for young people ever to take place, with 28 different sports included.
Anne McTaggart MSP said; “I congratulate Glasgow City Council on making this bid possible. The Youth Olympic Games would build a sporting legacy in Glasgow along with the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Moreover, the long-term regeneration and job creation benefits that this event could bring to Glasgow – including its tourism, creative, event and service industries- are fantastic.
“I hope that the Games will inspire a new generation of young Scottish athletes.”
Glasgow City Council approved the bid last week, with its executive committee setting aside almost £235 million to host the event.
Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Glasgow has built a compelling case for staging the Youth Olympic Games in 2018 which gives us all the chance to continue to inspire our young people to become champions in their lives and build on the legacy already being created from staging the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
“We are now the ninth best sporting city in the world and we have outstanding venues and infrastructure. This city is ready to stage the Youth Olympic Games.”
Glasgow is in competition with Buenos Aires, Rotterdam and Poznan to host the games: the successful city will be declared next summer.
To read Anne’s parliamentary motion in full, click here.