Medellín, along with Buenos Aires, Argentina and Glasgow in the United Kingdom, were announced as finalists to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. Guadalajara, Mexico and Rotterdam, Holland are no longer in the running.
The Youth Games are a chance for athletes between 14 and 18 years of age to participate in a program similar to the Olympic Games, but with fewer challenges. The first Youth Olympics took place in Singapore in 2010 and the second will be in Nanjing, China in 2014.
A visibly excited Aníbal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín, said this is not a government victory but one that belongs to an entire society, and asked citizens to remain committed to earning the honor of hosting the Games.