The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board agreed to add roller sports to the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018 sports programme, meaning there will be a total of 32 sports at the next Summer YOG.
The inclusion of roller sports will be in the form the roller speed discipline, with events in 500m, 1000m and 5000m races. There will be a total of 24 competing athletes, comprising 12 women and 12 men - maintaining the total gender equality that is set to happen at Buenos Aires 2018, a first for any Olympic event. Please refer to the factsheet on roller sports for any additional information.
Roller speed is a completely new event on the Olympic programme at Buenos Aires 2018 and fits with local youth appeal and culture. Roller speed was part of the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab, a concept that inspired the Buenos Aires 2018 organisers with their mission to “bring sport, culture and education to young people”.