2018 Summer Youth Olympics

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3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games
Emblema oficial de los 3º Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud.png
Host city Buenos Aires, Argentina
Events 185 in 28 sports
Opening ceremony 1 October 2018 (2018-10-01)
Closing ceremony 12 October 2018 (2018-10-12)
Main venue Estadio Monumental

The Buenos Aires 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games (Spanish: Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud de 2018) is the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympics, a major international sports in which culture and education are also of great importance, are due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Summer Olympic Games on 1-12 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Six bids were initially submitted for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Buenos Aires confirmed their bid in September 2011.[1] On 13 February 2013, the IOC selected Buenos Aires as one of the three Candidate Cities for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. The other two candidate cities were Glasgow and Medellin. Guadalajara and Rotterdam failed to become candidates. Poznań withdrew their bid before the candidate cities were selected.[2]

The host city election vote was held at an IOC Session in Lausanne. The results were as follows:[3]

2018 Summer Youth Olympics bidding results
City NOC Name Round 1 Round 2
Buenos Aires  Argentina 40 49
Medellin  Colombia 32 39
Glasgow  United Kingdom 13


Frank Fredericks, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for Buenos Aires 2018.

In October 2013, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach appointed Namibian sprinter and four-time Olympic silver medalist Frank Fredericks as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games - Buenos Aires 2018.[4] Fredericks is heading the six-person IOC Coordination Commission made up of several Olympians including Danka Bartekova, the youngest IOC Member and Young Ambassador from the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. This commission is completed by two other IOC members, China's Li Lingwei, winner of three World Badminton Championships, and Barry Maister, a member of New Zealand's hockey team that won the Olympic gold medals at 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal; and Adham Sharara, Canadian President of the International Table Tennis Federation, and Henry Nuñez, head of the National Olympic Committee of Costa Rica.[5] Working along with them there is the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (BAYOGOC), that includes member of the Argentinian Olympic Committee (AOC), the local government and the national government, and which CEO is Leandro Larrosa. The local organising committee involves young people in all levels of the organization; including an ‘Athlete Commission’ and a newly established ‘Youth Commission’ – a group of young consultants chosen by the AOC from local schools and universities – and the employees within BAYOGOC from junior to director level.[6] The first Coordination Commission meeting took place in Buenos Aires on 27-28 September 2014.

During June 2015 a small delegation from Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee (NYOGOC) visited Buenos Aires for a series of debriefing workshops and seminars to pass on their expertise focusing on strategic decisions to be made in the early stages such as legacy, the use of the YOG to impact youth and sport, and benefits of the YOG to engage communities. The CEOs of Singapore 2010, Lillehammer 2016 and Innsbruck 2012 also took part of these meetings that were presided over by Frank Fredericks.[7]

Football player and Olympic gold medalist Lionel Messi, originally not from Buenos Aires but from Rosario, was named as an ambassador of the 2018 YOG in March 2014,[8] and he delivered a video welcoming message for the young athletes to Buenos Aires during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.[9]

Joining the Olympic programme for the first time at Buenos Aires 2018 will be, among others, BMX freestyle, Kitesurfing, Cross country running and beach handball; and the event programme will see an increased gender balance.[10] FIFA has also decided that futsal will replace football at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics.[11]

Three years before the event, a survey showed that public support had reached 82.3 per cent in favour of the Yourh Olympic games in Buenos Aires. During the second visit of the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission to the city, on August 13th and 14th, 2015, Mr. Fredericks highlighted the implementation of 13 of the recommendation of the Agenda 2020 by BAYOGOC. [12]

Before the YOG Buenos Aires will host the 2017 Youth World Archery Championships at Parque Polideportivo Roca, being the first World Archery event ever awarded to Argentina.[13]


The official emblem of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics was presented in July 2015, three years before the games. The emblem reflects the diversity of Buenos Aires and it is inspired by the city’s vibrant colours, eclectic culture, iconic architecture and the many neighbourhoods that make up the Argentinian capital. Each letter represents a famous landmark, including the Floralis Genérica, Space Tower, the Columbus Theatre, the National Library and the Obelisk. A short video produced by the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (BAYOGOC) shows what each letter on the emblem relates to. [14]


2018 Summer Youth Olympics is located in Argentina
Argentine Equestrian Club
Argentine Equestrian Club
Water Cluster
Water Cluster
Dársena Norte
Dársena Norte
Tiro Federal Argentino
Tiro Federal Argentino
Parque Sarmiento
Parque Sarmiento
Locations of the venues for the 2018 YOG within Buenos Aires: Green pog.svg Green Cluster, Yellow pog.svg Roca Cluster, Blue pog.svg Water Cluster, Red pog.svg Cycling Cluster, Black pog.svg Stand Alone Venues

Originally there were two main sports zones as the primary sites of the Games in Buenos Aires 2018: the Green Corridor and Parque Roca,[15] but, in order to group the sports in a more compact framework, on September 2014 a new four-clusters concept was revealed.[16][17] Each cluster will include an area called YOG FEST where sporting experiences, family entertainment and cultural activities will take place.
The International Olympic Committee members will be staying at the Sheraton Hotel, located in the district of Retiro and close to Retiro railway station, one of the most important transportation hub in Buenos Aires.

A. Green Cluster[edit]

The River Plate Stadium will be the main venue and Olympic Stadium for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The Palermo Woods will host the triathlon, beach volley and Cycling.

Adjacent to downtown Buenos Aires and stretching three kilometres along the scenic banks of the River Plate,this area is distinguished by swathes of parks. It includes the barrios of Núñez, Belgrano and Palermo. It is also the location of some of the city’s most distinguished and popular sports venues. Among these is the River Plate Stadium, that will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Nearby are the Palermo Woods, a highly popular retreat for porteños and visitors alike, which will be the triathlon venue.

River Plate stadium and the other venues located in Belgrano and Núñez can be reached by Belgrano Norte Line (at Ciudad Universitaria railway station) or by nearby Mitre Line (at Núñez Station) or Buenos Aires underground Line D (at Congreso de Tucumán Station). Venues located in Palermo can be reached by Mitre Line (Tres de Febrero station)

Venue Location Sports Type
River Plate Stadium Belgrano Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Existing, no permanent works required
Tiro Federal Núñez Shooting Existing, no permanent works required
Club Atlético River Plate Belgrano Basketball (3 on 3) Existing, no permanent works required
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires Palermo Rugby Seven (Estadio G.E.B.A.)
Field Hockey (San Martín Facility)
Existing, no permanent works required
Parque Tres de Febrero Palermo Triathlon
Beach Handball
Beach Volley
Cycling (road)
Existing, no permanent works required
Argentine Equestrian Club Núñez Equestrian (Jumping) Existing, no permanent works required

B. Water Cluster[edit]

Located to the east of the city, this cluster occupies a significant portion of the Río de la Plata riverbank and includes the old Puerto Madero docks as venue for water sports.

This area can be reached by Buenos Aires Underground lines A, B, D and E.

Puerto Madero will host events of three water sports.
Venue Location Sports Type
Docks 1 and 2 Puerto Madero Canoe-Kayak Existing, no permanent works required
Docks 3 and 4, and Buenos Aires Yacht Club Puerto Madero Rowing Existing, no permanent works required
Dársena Norte Puerto Madero Sailing (Kiteboard - Windsurf - Multihull Nacra 15)[18] Existing, no permanent works required

C. Roca Cluster[edit]

Located to the South of Buenos Aires, Roca Park is a vast area of 200 hectares in the district of Villa Soldati, a neighborhood that has been targeted by the local Government in need of urban development.[19] One of the greenest areas in the metropolis, it is adjacent to the City Park and the Buenos Aires Automotive Racetrack. The Park, inaugurated in the 1980s, has many sports venues and recreational facilities, including the iconic Roca Park Athletics Stadium and the Roca Park Tennis Stadium. This area will also be the site of the Main Media Center (MMC) and the Youth Olympic Village (YOV), from where 65 percent of the athletes will be able to walk to their competition venues.[20] Roca Cluster can be reached by Premetro tram at Cecilia Grierson station, or by the southern Metrobus line.

Roca Park is next to the City Park, where the Youth Olympic Village will be built, and where the 200 meters high Space Needle is located.
The Roca Park Tennis Stadium will be fully covered.
Venue Location Sports Type
Roca Park Stadium Villa Soldati Tennis Existing, no permanent works required
Parque Polideportivo Roca Villa Soldati Athletics Existing, permanent works required
Parque Polideportivo Roca Villa Soldati Archery
Aquatics (Swimming - Diving)
Modern Pentathlon
Permanent venue to be built
Predio Ferial Olímpico Villa Soldati Boxing
Gymnastics (Artistics - Rhythmic - Trampoline)
Table Tennis
Permanent venue to be built
Golf Club José Jurado Villa Lugano Golf Existing, no permanent works required

D. Cycling Cluster[edit]

Located to the west of the city and next to the General Paz Avenue, that marks the limit of Buenos Aires city, the 70 hectares Sarmiento Park will be the venue for two cycling events. This venue is located 500 meters away from Mitre Line's Saavedra Station.

Venue Location Sports Type
Parque Sarmiento Saavedra Cycling (MTB)
Cycling (BMX)
Permanent venue to be built

Beside the four clusters, there will also be one stand-alone venue: the Boca Juniors stadium, in La Boca neighborthood, will host football matches.

Culture and Education Programme Venues[edit]

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ "Buenos Aires 2018 launches official emblem". Olympic.org. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  15. ^ Rodrigo Quiroga. "Buenos Aires Sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud 2018". Jojba2018.org. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  16. ^ "Buenos Aires 2018 vows to bring sport to the inner city". Olympic.org. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  17. ^ "Venues". Guillermo Dietrich. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  18. ^ "Kiteboarding selected for 2018 Youth Olympic Games". Scuttlebutt. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  19. ^ Emily Goddard. "Buenos Aires 2018 vows to bring sport to 2.6 million young people in city". Inside the Games. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  20. ^ Rodrigo Quiroga. "Buenos Aires Sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud 2018". Jojba2018.org. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
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