World Champion Boxer Ricky Burns Backs Glasgow 2018 Youth Olympic Bid

May 13, 2013

Scotland’s world champion boxer Ricky Burns has backed Glasgow’s bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Burns expressed his enthusiasm for the bid and said that the facilities in the city would be perfect for the world’s largest multi-sport event for young people.

Burns said: “I’m proud to be backing Glasgow’s bid to host the Youth Olympic Games in 2018. It is great to see young people being given opportunities to reach their potential and that is what the Youth Olympic Games is all about.

“It would be great to see the young boxers of the future here in Glasgow in 2018. We have some great venues that could be used. It was always a dream of mine to be in the ring and I hope other young boxers get the chance to realise their dreams in Glasgow in 2018.

“I can’t wait to get out there at the Emirates Arena on Saturday. It is a great venue and I am sure the fans will love it. Since the fight was announced the response we have had has been unbelievable.

“I know I have the best fans in the world and I am looking forward to putting on a show for them. Competing in Scotland is such a unique experience. The passion and support from the fans is up there with the very best in the world.”

Other high-profile backers include Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Jamieson, Katherne Grainger and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush said: “Ricky Burns’s performances in the ring have been inspirational, showing what can be achieved through skill, commitment and sheer hard work. He is an example to young sportsmen and women looking to get to the top of their game.”