The countdown to Buenos Aires 2018
20 April 2018
BUENOS AIRES 2018: The third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from the 6-18th October. With less than 170 days to go, the countdown is on, so here is what you need to know!
About Buenos Aires 2018
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes aged 15-18, that aims at inspiring athletes to embrace the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence. The mission of Buenos Aires 2018 is to take sports, culture and education to the youth of the world and build a legacy based on Olympism that lasts over time for the benefit of the entire society.
Buenos Aires 2018 will accommodate nearly 4000 young athletes from over 200 different countries and will be the first Olympic event to have the same number of male and female athletes, fostering gender equality. Australia will select a team of roughly 100 athletes from across 28 different sports.
Following on from successful YOG campaigns in Singapore in 2010 (32 medals) and Nanjing in 2014 (26 medals) the Aussie team will be again challenging for the podium.
Here's what our past athletes have to say about their experience:
"I think you're pretty lucky if you get the opportunity to go to the YOG before you go to the Olympic Games, because it's good preparation and something that helps you when you're still young and before you step onto that bigger stage. I think it really helped me get to where I am today because it gave me that really nice introduction into international racing and being a bit more professional." Emma Mckeon - Four-time Olympic medalist
"The YOG is a big part of my identity as an athlete and played a big part in shaping who I became as an athlete. It’s not just about the competition, it’s about being a well-rounded athlete, and learning about sportsmanship, and learning about all the values that the Olympics really tries to get across." Jessica Fox - Dual Olympic medalist
"The Youth Olympics were a mind-blowing experience. The experience was invaluable when I went to Rio, because I knew what to expect, and there were familiar faces about." Kyle Chalmers - Triple Olympic medalist
Four new sports will make their debut on the Olympic stage at this year's Youth Olympic Games. Sport Climbing, Dance Sport, Karate and Roller Sports will join the 28 other sports including 3x3 Basketball and the Mixed Relay Triathalon. Sport Climbing and Karate will be among the new sports featured on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme.
So far Australia has secured quotas in Sports Climbing and Shooting. Qualification events for the Youth Olympic Games will be taking place throughout the next couple of months whith April seeing qualification events for Canoe/Kayak, Rugby Sevens, Fencing and Rowing.
The 2018 Australian Summer Youth Olympic Team will be announced following the last qualification event in early August.
The Australian Chef de Mission is dual Olympian and President of the Australian Fencing Federation, Evelyn Halls.
"Feel the Future"
The slogan is aimed at inspiring a better world through sport. It encapsulates the hope that the athletes competing in the first Games with strict gender equality become examples of passion, coexistence and unity in diversity.
Among the 76 Young Change-Makers from around the world will be Australian Rio 2016 Modern Pentathlon gold medalist Chloe Esposito. As a Young Change-Maker, Chloe will have the opportunity to mentor the next generation of elite athletes and encourage them to take part in a unique programme of activities and workshops, featuring sessions on injury prevention, anti-doping, careers in sport and media training.
The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be distributed across four different locations in the capital city of Argentina. Each 'park' will showcase sporting competitions as well as cultural and educational activities for athletes, trainers, young people, families and the local and international community. Entrance to the parks will be free of charge for the public. The objective is of the YOG is to promote inclusivity, by bringing sports closer to the people and carrying out activities that promote culture and education.
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