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Guadalajara wins Youth Olympics nomination

February 24, 2012

Fresh from the success of the 2011 Pan American Games, Guadalajara has won Mexico’s nomination to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. The city was selected ahead of Monterrey by the Mexican Olympic Committee (COM) last Thursday.

This will be the second time Guadalajara has bid for the Youth Olympics, having previously lost out to Nanjing, China for the 2014 Games. This time round there is a greater chance of success, as the city has now proved it can host major sporting events and already has most of the necessary facilities and sporting infrastructure in place.

The Youth Olympic Games pit athletes aged 14 to 18 against each another. The first Games were held in Singapore in 2010. Guadalajara will be competing to host the 2018 Games against Buenos Aires, Argentina; Medellin, Colombia; the Hague, Holland; Buya, Nigeria; Kazan, Russia; and Glasgow, Scotland.

Pan Am Games cost just under 500 million bucks

The Guadalajara 2011 Pan American Games came at a total cost of 6.231 billion pesos (485 million dollars), the head of the Organizing Committee (COPAG) announced this week.

The expenditure included 2.5 billion pesos on sporting infrastructure, 317 million on sports equipment, 154 million in urban infrastructure, 1.06 billion on promotion, and 2.1 billion on logistical operations, revealed COPAG boss Carlos Andrade Garin. One billion pesos  of the total was covered by sponsors, 170 million by metro-area municipal governments and 2.3 billion each from the state and federal governments.

Andrade sought to play down the figure, suggesting it was little compared to the costs of previous games. The figure represents just over a quarter of the amount spent on the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, which was equivalent to 24 billion pesos, he claimed.

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