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The GFORCE Guide to...Youth Olympic Games

Added 05 Oct 2018 by GFORCE

With the third Summer Youth Olympics taking place this month in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we look at exactly what the event is.

You've heard of the Olympics, you've heard of the Paralympics, but have you heard of the Youth Olympic Games?

The Games are the highest level of sport for youth participants - that's people aged between 15 and 18.

Participants from more than 200 nations compete in 32 sports during a summer games and seven during a winter event, with up to 3,500 athletes taking part.

Just like any other Olympics, there is a host city and they are held every four years. This year, the Summer Youth Olympics will be held in Buenos Aires between 6-18 October.

Four new sports have joined the programme this year, with the likes of dance and roller sports joining the more traditional disciplines for the first time.

The games aren't just for athletes either. Youth reporters are also an integral part of the event, with a selection process choosing the most talented aspiring journalists from around the globe to go and receive training and a chance to report on elite sport.

The idea for a Youth Games first came around back in 1998 by Austrian Johann Rosenzopf.

He thought that hosting an event which was as important as this and which was officially tied to the Olympic Games would help to improve youth participation in sport and, ultimately, lead to an even higher level of elite sport. He also hoped that this would help reduce the growing trend of youth obesity.

The first summer edition was held in Singapore in 2010, while the first winter games took place in Innsbruck in 2012.

Great Britain currently sits 14th in the overall medal table having won a total of 34 medals, ten of which were gold.

The next winter games will take place in Lausanne in 2020, while it has been decided that an African country will host the games for the first time in 2022.

To find out more head over the YOG page HERE

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