Olympics Notes: Rotterdam Commits To Bid For 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Rotterdam, Netherlands will push ahead with its bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games following government financial guarantees. Netherlands Olympic Committee President Andre Bolhuis said, "We have the guarantees of the government. It [the decision] happened this week, and we have sent the guarantees to the executive board of the IOC" (NOC). ... London Mayor Boris Johnson is "set to offer the Olympic Stadium, and other of London’s high-profile sporting venues to organisers of the 2018 Gay Games." PM David Cameron "voiced his support for a bid aiming to have the Gay Games brought to London" in '18. The other cities in the running for the Games are Paris; Orlando, U.S.; Amsterdam; Limerick, Ireland; and Rio de Janeiro. More than 12,000 participants from 70 nations are expected to compete in the games (PINK NEWS, 1/13).