Youth Olympic Games 2018: Everything you need to know

Your one-stop guide to Buenos Aires 2018, including how to watch the action

3 min By Andrew Binner

The 2018 Youth Olympic Games countdown is on!

When do they start?

The Opening Ceremony will take place October 6th, competitions will begin October 7th and run through October 18th.

Elite sporting teenagers from around the world will descend upon Buenos Aires to test themselves against their peers.

Singapore hosted the inaugural Summer YOG in 2010. The multi-sport event already has unearthed several global sports stars.MAP

Former participants include snowboarder Chloe Kim, boxer Joseph Parker, diving’s Tom Daley and Spanish badminton Olympic champion Carolina Marin.

Here’s everything you need to know:

What is the Youth Olympic Games?

YOG is an elite sporting event for young people around the world.

The event aims to develop athletes and the community through the Olympic values, promoting sport as an educational tool.

The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with a few variations.

There are 32 sports on the summer programme for Buenos Aires 2018, with some exciting new additions.

The four sports making their debuts on the Olympic stage include roller sports, dance sport, karate and sport climbing.

When and where is YOG?

As with the Olympics, the Youth Olympic Games take place every four years. Lausanne, Switzerland will host the next winter version of YOG in 2020.

The Buenos Aires 2018 opening ceremony will be on October 6th and the event will finish October 18th.

Argentina is known for its love of dance and the opening ceremony will fully embrace its energetic, Latin spirit.

More than half a million spectators are expected to attend the street-party style opener at Buenos Aires' famous obelisk landmark.

The venues

The action in Buenos Aires will be spread across four main locations: Urban Park, Tecnopolis Park, Green Park and the Youth Olympic Park.

In addition to sports facilities, each park will feature a mixture of artistic, musical and educational activities for fans.

The stand-alone venues include the Hurlingham Club for golf, while BMX and roller speed skating will be hosted by the Paseo de la Costa.

Sailing medals will be decided at at the Club Nautico San Isidro, and rugby sevens at the nearby Club Atletico San Isidro Sede La Boya.


Who will be there?

YOG provides a platform for the most 15 to 18-year-old athletes around the world to compete.

Over 4000 teenagers will represent about 200 National Olympic Committees in the Argentinean capital.

Buenos Aires 2018 will be the first gender balanced Olympic event, meaning equal numbers of male and female athletes.

But YOG is not just a development event for athletes.

You also will find young reporters, ambassadors and athlete role models on hand to ensure the Olympic spirit extends beyond the competition.

Swimming supremo Chad le Clos and gymnastics Olympic double silver medallist Danell Leyva are two ambassadors who will be welcoming athletes and fans in South America.

How and where can I get tickets?

The Youth Olympic Pass is your way to gain entry free of charge to the four Youth Olympic Parks and Stand Alone venues at Buenos Aires 2018.

Registration is here and, once you've done that, you need to pick up your pass from one of the Pick Up Points.

Your pass will let you:

  • Enter all four Youth Olympic Parks, stadiums and stand-alone venues every day.
  • Attend the sports competitions.
  • Participate in over 1,200 cultural and educational activities

For much more information head to official Buenos Aires 2018 site.

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