Youth Olympic Games

  • Dakar en Jeux Dakar 2026

    Dates for Dakar 2026 approved by IOC Executive Board

  • Dakar 2026 Dakar 2026

    Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2026 plans on track with four years to go

  • Slogan launch ceremony Gangwon 2024

    Gangwon 2024 youth launch slogan at special event

  • YOG

    Gangwon 2024 unveils new “Grow together, shine forever” slogan at the 500-days-to-go mark

  • Gangwon 2024

    Gangwon 2024 adopts a human rights charter

  • Won Yun-jong (L) / Choi Min-jeong (R) Gangwon 2024

    Creation of an Athletes’ Commission for Gangwon 2024

  • Gangwon 2024

    Local youth engagement, athlete education and transformation at the heart of Gangwon 2024

  • Dakar 2026 Dakar 2026

    First Dakar 2026 initiatives underway

  • Gangwon 2024

    Youth Olympic Games Gangwon 2024 to learn from Beijing 2022

  • The Lausanne 2020 delegation at the 139th IOC Session at the CNCC ahead during the 139th IOC Session at the CNCC ahead of the XXIV IOC Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Lausanne 2020

    Lausanne 2020, a look back at the most-followed Youth Olympic Games ever

  • Innsbruck 2012 Olympic Village YOG

    From Innsbruck 2012 to Lausanne 2020 – ten years of building Winter Youth Olympic Games legacy

  • Innsbruck 2012 Winter YOG, Curling, Mixed team competition YOG

    Since Innsbruck 2012, the Winter Youth Olympic Games are a catalyst for innovation

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world.

But an event distinct from other youth sports competitions, as they also include a series of educational activities with three areas of focus: protecting the athletes, working on performance, and assisting the athletes outside sport.

The sports programme is mainly based on that of the Olympic Games. In addition, it includes exciting new sports, disciplines and formats, such as breaking, sport climbing, 3-x-3 basketball, 3-x-3 ice hockey and mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.

Away from the field of play, the education programme uses a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises to give the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures, develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport, and improve their training methods and performance.

The Youth Olympic Games are aimed at bringing together talented young athletes aged from 15 to 18 from around the world.

The most recent Summer YOG in Buenos Aires in 2018 featured 4,000 athletes and achieved gender equality for the first time. The latest Winter YOG took place in Lausanne in 2020 and featured 1,872 athletes.

Non-athlete participants, namely the Young Reporters, YOG Ambassadors and Athlete Role Models, are also an integral part of the YOG experience.

Gangwon 2024

The fourth edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2024 will be held in Gangwon province in the cities of Pyeongchang and Gangneung (Republic of Korea), home to the Olympic Winter Games 2018.

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Dakar 2026

The fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games 2026 (YOG) will be held in Dakar, Senegal. This is the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be organised in Africa. Dakar 2022 presented a visionary, ambitious and technically sound YOG project that addresses the long-term aims of the country.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Africa is united behind Senegal to host the Youth Olympic Games. With a young population and a passion for sport, it is time for Africa, it is time for Senegal.”

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Past Youth Olympic Games
Singapore 2010, Innsbruck 2012, Nanjing 2014, Lillehammer 2016, Buenos Aires 2018 and Lausanne 2020: Find information about all the activities of the IOC around past Olympic Games here.
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YOG Education Programme at Youth Sporting Events
For the first time ever, the core educational activities offered to young athlete during the YOG are now pooled together in one single place and available to the entire Olympic family for youth sports events.
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