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THOUSANDS OF ATHLETES FROM HUNDREDS OF COUNTRIES ATTEND THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018

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Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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STORY HEADLINE: THOUSANDS OF ATHLETES FROM HUNDREDS OF COUNTRIES ATTEND THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018.

DATE: 18 October 2018

LOCATION: Youth Olympic Village, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

LANGUAGE: English

 

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The incredible performances of the 4,000 athletes over the past 12 days of competition – as well as the similarly impressive efforts of the 8,000 volunteers – were celebrated in a spectacular Closing Ceremony at the Youth Olympic Village on Thursday (18th October) as the curtain came down on Buenos Aires 2018.

After some artistic performances, a YOG highlights reel video and the traditional parade of National Olympic Committees, the flag was passed to Dakar, the host of the next YOG in 2022.

 

The symbolic extinguishing of the Olympic flame was then followed by a fireworks display and finally an audio-visual extravaganza, as ‘Game Changers’ from more than 200 countries celebrated the final night of their once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In addition to the special memories that have been created in Buenos Aires for the athletes and the thousands of fans who have supported them, the YOG will leave a significant legacy in the south of the city, where the Games have been a catalyst for a major social and urban renovation project.

The newly-built Youth Olympic Village, where the young athletes have been staying during the Games, will soon be converted into affordable housing for more than 6,000 people, creating a new neighbourhood within the city.

The nearby Youth Olympic Park, which was home to 13 of the 32 sports on the YOG programme, will also provide an important legacy for high-level Argentinean sport after the YOG, as it will become the new headquarters for the country’s elite sports centre (CeNARD).

With these new facilities and the amazing atmosphere that the Games have created in Buenos Aires, IOC President Thomas Bach is in little doubt as to the benefits that the city will enjoy from the YOG.

 

“The Games will leave a great legacy for Argentina and Buenos Aires,” he said. “These Youth Olympic Games have united the country and made all Argentinians very proud; and they have every reason to be extremely proud. The Argentinian athletes have left a great legacy for sport within this country and will serve as role models for future generations thanks to the wonderful success they have achieved. These were truly the Youth Olympic Games of a new era. They were more urban, more female and more inclusive than any edition of the Olympic Games before – not only the Youth Games”.

So while the YOG Buenos Aires 2018 may be ending, it is clear that their impact will still be felt long into the future.

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