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Buenos Aires 2018 Urban Park Demonstrates the Future of the Olympic Games

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Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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STORY HEADLINE: BUENOS AIRES 2018 URBAN PARK DEMONSTRATES THE FUTURE OF THE OLYMPIC GAMES          

DATE: 16 October, 2018

LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina

LANGUAGE: English

 

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The future of the Olympics has been showcased at the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018 in the form of the innovative Urban Park, based in the heart of the city.

Located by the Rio de la Plata, the Urban Park represents youth and street culture in the youngest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

This cluster format, powered-up by an artistic intervention on the field of play, offers a glimpse into the future of the Games, which are becoming more youthful and more urban by bringing together sports either ‘born’ in the streets or ‘brought’ to the streets of the host cities.

This park has highlighted the sports with a loyal youth following, including sport climbing and breaking, 3×3 basketball and BMX freestyle –which have made their debut on the Olympic programme, but has also showcased traditional sports in adapted formats, such as canoeing and rowing.

Commenting on the groundbreaking Olympic addition, IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell said: “The Urban Park here in Buenos Aires allows us to do two things which are very special around the Youth Olympic Games and hopefully we will see more in the Olympic Games in the future.

“One, it allows us to bring in really urban forms of youth focused events and sports to the Youth Olympic Games and builds on the Sports Lab we had in Nanjing 2014 and also builds on the Olympic agenda 2020 and the flexibility in the event programme and a more youth focused sport moving forward.

“Also, not just the sports in the events, but the way they’re presented and the way they engage with the local public is something very special here. We’ve got a cluster of sports venues right downtown; very open to the public, engaging with the public and making it really accessible for people to see and experience the sports.”

 

Bringing sport to the people, the opening weekend of Buenos Aires 2018 saw skateboarding royalty – in the form of Tony Hawk – join world champions in both skateboarding and BMX freestyle to ride through Urban Park.

Thousands gathered in the east of the city to watch Leticia Bufoni (BRA), professional street skateboarder and reigning world champion; Nyjah Huston (USA), professional skateboarder and overall champion at the Street League Skateboarding competition series in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2017; Logan Martin (AUS), BMX freestyler and 2018 X-Games winner, as well as 15 Argentinian skateboarders and BMX freestylers demonstrate the most popular sports of the streets.

The concept will be replicated for the first time in Tokyo for the Olympic Games 2020 and will be developed at Los Angeles 2028.

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