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Following the YOG Tripartite Working Group recommendations for the future of the Youth Olympic Games adopted by the IOC Session in Rio last August, the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee (BAYOGOC) proposed to add the three new sports with medal events and to bring even more innovation to its Games.
Inspired by the success of the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab and in line with the Buenos Aires 2018 mission to “bring sport to the people”, the Organising Committee has proposed that the three sports be integrated into the Urban Park and Youth Olympic Park - two of the four-parks concept that will be spread across the city, featuring a mix of sport, culture and educational activities in a festive atmosphere.
The three new sports reflect the IOC’s and Buenos Aires 2018’s shared goal of building youth engagement, and thus represent a mix of emerging, universal and urban sports with a significant youth appeal. While dance sport is a completely new event to the Olympic programme, karate and sport climbing will be a teaser of what’s to come in 2020 at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and will strengthen the Youth Olympic Games reputation to act as an incubator and as a place of innovation for the Olympic Movement.
With complete gender equality achieved for the first time at an Olympic event at Buenos Aires 2018, the three new sports will also feature equal numbers of men and women.
For more details, please consult the following factsheet.
The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured on the summer programme and 7 on the winter programme.
The votes have been cast, counted and checked and the host city of the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 can now be revealed as (drum roll please)… Buenos Aires.