The capital of Buenos Aires will welcome the world’s top young athletes during a celebration of sport and culture for the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games that begin October 6.
First it was Singapore in 2010, then Nanjing, China in 2014, and in less than one week, Buenos Aires, Argentina will receive the best young athletes from across the globe for the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
The third edition of the Summer Youth Olympics will take place in the Americas for the first time in history and will be Argentina’s first international multisport event since the highly successful Mar del Plata 1995 Pan American Games.
The celebration of sport and culture begins on October 6 with an innovative Opening Ceremony that will take place in the streets of Buenos Aires as opposed to the traditional stadium. This will allow the athletes and spectators to experience Argentinean culture in a new and exciting way.
The ceremony will be followed by 11 days of competition featuring more than 4,200 athletes and 32 sports, eight of which are making their Youth Olympic debuts. Karate, Sport Climbing, Break Dancing, Speed Skating, Futsal, Kitesurfing, Beach Handball and BMX Freestyle are all new to the sports program to provide new opportunities for the best youth athletes in the world.
More than 8,000 volunteers have signed up to help make these Games a success. The help and support of the volunteers will allow the 1,250 medal events on the program to run smoothly.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Torch Relay is currently making its approach to Buenos Aires, making its final stop in Ushuaia on September 30 before arriving in the Argentinean capital on October 6 to ignite the Youth Olympic Flame and signal the start of the Youth Olympics.
Panam Sports will be in Buenos Aires taking in the sporting action while also learning what it takes to host a successful multisport event for the top youth athletes in the world. The continental association is currently developing its own youth and junior multisport events and will gain valuable knowledge through the Observers Program at the YOG.
The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will conclude on October 18.