Four cities apply to host the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012

By IOC

IOC Press Release - 07 March 2008

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that four cities have been put forward by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to apply to host the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012. The Candidate Cities, in alphabetical order, are: Harbin (China), Innsbruck (Austria), Kuopio (Finland), and Lillehammer (Norway).

The NOCs had until 6 March 2008, midnight, to notify the IOC that a city within their jurisdiction was interested in applying.

The four Youth Olympic Games Candidate Cities now have until 19 June to prepare and submit their Candidature Files by replying to the IOC questionnaire. An analysis of their Files by a panel of Olympic Movement experts will allow a shortlist of Youth Olympic Games Candidate Cities to be drawn up for further assessment by an IOC Evaluation Commission.

Submission of the YOG Candidature File19 June 2008
Shortlist of YOG Candidate CitiesAugust 2008

Recommendation by the IOC Executive Board
of YOG Candidate Cities to be submitted to the
IOC members for election as Host City

November 2008

Election by postal vote of the Host City of the
1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

Announcement of the Host City of the
1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

December 2008

Further information on the Youth Olympic Games:
Please click here to download the 2012 brochure
Please click here to download the IOC questionnaire which the Youth Olympic Games Candidate Cities must complete