Gold Standard: Guadalajara Selected to Host 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Mexico is becoming the desired location for major international sports competition. Fresh of the heels of a successful Pan American Games in 2011, CNN Mexico reports that Guadalajara has been selected to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The Youth Olympic Games are held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with the current Olympic Games format. The age limitation of the athletes is 14 to 18 and over 200 countries and 3,600 athletes are expected to participate.
The Mexican Olympic Committee chose Guadalajara by secret ballot. Mexico received rave reviews following the 2011 Pan American Games. Andrade Garin, General Director of the Pan American Games, was confident Mexico would win the 2018 Youth Olympics bid over its competitors since the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) called the Guadalajara 2011 Games the best in the history of the event.
During the Closing Ceremonies of the 2011 Pan Am Games, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, Governor of Jalisco, said that the next goal was to host the Summer Olympic Games after 2020. With the track record Mexico has shown so far in hosting major international competition, it is safe to say Mexico might be lighting the torch in 2020.