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06 Oct 2017

One year to go until the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires

In exactly one year, the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will kick off in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event, which will be held from 6-18 October 2018, will gather 3998 athletes aged between 15 and 18, coming from 206 countries. They will compete in 32 different sports and also participate in educational and cultural activities.

For the first time, sport climbing, karate, roller skating and dance sport (breakdance events) will be part of the official YOG sports program. In addition, squash and polo will be showcase sports. Another first in Olympic history: Buenos Aires 2018 will feature the same number of male and female athletes.

In the light of Olympic Agenda 2020 and the IOC’s new Games planning and delivery approach, the IFs and ASOIF have been very much involved in the preparations for Buenos Aires 2018. Andrew Ryan, ASOIF Executive Director, is a member of the IOC’s respective Coordination Commission.

Four Parks will be the scene of most of the competitions at the Youth Olympic Games: the Youth Olympic Park in the south of the city, the Urban Park on the east, Tecnópolis Park on the west, and the Green Park on the north.

Over the next 12 days, the duration of the Games, different Olympians and Youth Olympians will be taking over the Buenos Aires 2018 social media accounts every day to mark the milestone, including YOG Ambassadors Luciana Aymar (Hockey) and Luis Scola (Basketball).