The two cities may be situated on opposite sides of the globe, but distance hasn’t stopped the transfer of knowledge between YOG cities Nanjing and Buenos Aires. Over the past few months, the team from Nanjing 2014 (NYOGOC) has been meticulously compiling its official report to give Buenos Aires 2018 and other future host cities the essential information needed to host successful Youth Olympic Games and to share with the Olympic Movement the many memories from the second summer YOG.
And what a Games it was! Almost 12 months have passed since Nanjing welcomed young athletes from 203 nations and put the ancient Chinese city on the map as a young and vibrant destination that is now hosting world class sporting events.
To officially hand over to the Buenos Aires organisers (BAYOGOC), a small delegation from NYOGOC visited the future YOG city last month for a series of debriefing workshops and seminars to pass on their expertise. The innovative format focused 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. This information-gathering will help Buenos Aires prepare its essential Games Foundation Plan – the blueprint that will guide it from concept to delivery.
Leandro Larrosa, CEO of Buenos Aires 2018, Chair of the Buenos Aires 2018 Coordination Commission, Frank Fredericks, Tomas Holmestad, CEO of the forthcoming Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games
Additional expertise was on hand from senior management from four other YOG host cities including: Goh Kee Nguan, the CEO of Singapore 2010 - the first Summer Youth Olympic Games; CEO of the forthcoming Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games Tomas Holmestad; Yang Shu’an, Chinese Olympic Committee Vice President, and Xiao Quan, Nanjing 2014’s Executive Deputy Secretary General; and Peter Bayer, CEO of Innsbruck 2012, by video conference along with Leandro Larrosa, CEO of Buenos Aires 2018. The workshops were presided over by the Chair of the Buenos Aires 2018 Coordination Commission, Frank Fredericks.
The Argentinian capital will host the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in October 2018.