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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moscow in Running for Youth Olympics

The Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Five cities -- three from Europe and two from Asia -- were selected as finalists Monday to host the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

Making the shortlist were Moscow, Athens, Bangkok, Singapore, and Turin. Four cities were eliminated from the race -- Debrecen in Hungary; Guatemala City; Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, and Poznan in Poland.

In the IOC's risk assessment of the candidates, Moscow scored the highest ratings, followed in order by Singapore, Athens, Bangkok and Turin. Three of the finalists are former Olympic host cities: Moscow held the 1980 Summer Games, Athens staged the 1896 and 2004 Olympics and Turin hosted the 2006 Winter Games.

The finalists will be evaluated by a six-man commission headed by IOC executive board member and former Olympic pole vault champion Sergei Bubka. The IOC will choose the host city by postal vote in February 2008.

The Youth Olympics, which will feature about 3,500 athletes aged 14 to 18, are designed to encourage young people to get involved in sports and spend less time in front of computer and television screens.

The first Winter Youth Olympics will be held in 2012 for about 1,000 athletes. The host city for that event will be picked in 2009.