Bid for the Youth Olympic Games could turn on landscape

Grass, mature trees, public art and piazzas will define the Youth Olympic Games site in 2018 if the heavily landscaped vision wins over judges weighing up Scotland's bid.

The bid team has unveiled key images and highlights of its punt to host games.  Concept images reveal a "compact, sustainable and innovative" venue and outstanding village with showcase open spaces to "inspire young athletes and transform a community".

Some 15 of the 17 venues for the games are already in operation or scheduled for completion before the end of 2013 regardless of the bid outcome. Landscape will knit together and unify spaces to form a coherent design language.

A host city will be chosen this July.

The Bid Team, the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the British Olympic Association, has "pledged to continue the journey started by London 2012 for the UK and the Olympic Movement and seize a historic opportunity for a guaranteed legacy" it said.

2012 Olympics’ organising chief Seb Coe said: "London inspired a generation but legacy does not happen by itself. Glasgow 2018 could be a crucial next step on that journey - a way of amplifying and accelerating the impact of an event totally focused on young people."

The first Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore in 2010. It broadcast to 160 territories with an estimated audience of more than 247m.  The Games follow the traditional four-year cycle with next summer’s event being held in Nanjing, China.

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