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4,000 of the World’s elite teenage athletes prepare for 3rd Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, as IOC also hosts first ‘Olympism in Action Forum’ in the Argentine Capital

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STORY HEADLINE: 4,000 of the World’s elite teenage athletes prepare for 3rd Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, as IOC also hosts first ‘Olympism in Action Forum’ in the Argentine Capital.

DATE: 2 October 2018

LOCATION: Lausanne, Switzerland

LANGUAGE: English

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STORY SCRIPT: The 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games gets underway in Buenos Aires on October 6th bringing together the World’s best young athletes between the ages of 15 and 18, and for the first time a Games will have gender equality, with equal numbers of male and females competing in the 32 sport programme.

Almost 4,000 athletes from 206 countries will be competing for 1250 medals, and Buenos Aires 2018 offers a glimpse into the future of the Games and the new programme will introduce several innovations that will be replicated at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The new sports and new disciplines reflect the passions of a new generation of athletes, including breaking, futsal, beach handball, sport climbing, BMX freestyle and 3×3 basketball.

Mixed gender events have been featured since the inaugural YOG in Singapore in 2010, highlighting YOG as the centre of innovation, testing new concepts and creating a lasting legacy for future Games.

Mixed 4x100m medley relay, the modern pentathlon, golf and tennis are just some of the many mixed gender events that will take place this year.

IOC President Thomas Bach is excited to see the innovations in place in the programme. He said: “The Youth Olympic Games can serve as a kind of laboratory, and we are using it as such as we do for instance with the World Games where we can see how a sport or discipline can contribute to a multisport event. Whether this sport fits into a multisports event and in which way. So we will monitor very closely the performance of these new disciplines and sports in Buenos Aires and then when it comes to put the programme for Paris 2024 together there then the results of these Youth Olympic Games will play an important role.”

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