From October 6 to 18, Buenos Aires hosts the third Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG). Promoted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the games will gather 3,920 athletes from 206 countries. The Summer Youth Olympic Games are held every four years and are open to athletes aged 15 to 18, providing an opportunity to see the sporting stars of the future.
And you can be part of the action, coming to cheer on the athletes and support the games' values of friendship, respect and excellence.
The programme features 32 sports disciplines, including for the first time at an Olympic Games: BMX freestyle, kiteboarding and beach handball.
It will also be the first Olympic Games to have an equal number of male and female participants, contributing to gender equality.
The Olympic Park in Parque Roca is at the heart of the city’s new Sports District, part of the large-scale regeneration programme in the south of the city, which includes the Design, Technology and Arts Districts in Barracas, Parque Patricios and La Boca.
In addition to promoting the educational and cultural aspects of youth sports participation, the games involve a more than US $112 million investment in sporting, housing and community infrastructure for the 10-hectare Olympic Park, making the event a catalyst for the urban and social development of the city.
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The opening ceremony will be held on October 18th at the Youth Olympic Village.
Artistic direction will be overseen by renowned Argentine theatre company Fuerza Bruta, which has captivated international audiences with innovative shows for all the senses. Around 2,000 people will be hired to take part in the ceremony - Fuerza Bruta alone will have a team of 350. It will also be the first Olympic opening ceremony with strict gender equality rules, with the cauldron being lit by both a woman and a man.