Glasgow has been shortlisted for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Games artist's impression of beach volleyball at George Square.
Youth Olympics: The games would be held around the city.

Glasgow has beaten off two other cities to be shortlisted for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) cut the list of potential cities down from five to three.

Guadalajara in Mexico and Rotterdam in the Netherlands have been ruled out, leaving Glasgow, Beunos Aires in Argentine and Medellin in Colombia.

The three shortlisted cities will now face further assessment about the specifics of their bid. Reports will be submitted to IOC members who will elect the host city in July.

Glasgow submitted their bid for the Youth Olympic Games last year. Most of the infrastructure needed will already be in place after the Commonwealth Games. The only things which will need to be built are a BMX track and diving pool.

The Scottish bid was highlighted by the organising committee for its use of existing venues and experience of hosting international sporting events. The promotion of the event as a legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 Commonwealth Games was also identified as a positive factor.

Lord Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), said: "It is an honour to have Glasgow shortlisted to host the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2018.

"London 2012 inspired young people like never before and there is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the UK to take the next step on the Olympic journey to empower young people globally.

"Glasgow cannot only stage a compact, sustainable and financially sound Youth Olympic Games, but take a unique journey in history hand-in-hand with the Olympic movement fuelled by the passion and warmth of Scotland.

"A Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow would empower young people worldwide to believe they can be champions in their lives and, at the same time, inspire the world to support them."

Up to 3,600 athletes aged between 15 and 18, are set to take part in 28 sports at the 12-day 2018 Games.

The YOG committee found that Glasgow's budget was sound and that the bid was "clear and good quality".

Britain's most successful female rower Katherine Grainger believes Glasgow would be the "perfect" host.

The Olympic gold winner said: "For many young athletes the Youth Olympic Games will be the first step towards competing at the very highest level and it is fantastic to think that they may be taking those steps in Glasgow.

"The city has a proven track record of delivering major international sporting events in world-class facilities in front of passionate crowds - something that any young athlete would respond to."

The Youth Olympic Games were first held in Singapore in August, 2010.