Buenos Aires 2018: All You Need to Know
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Buenos Aires 2018: All You Need to Know

02 October 2018 / 15:10
The 2018 Youth Olympic Games gets underway in Buenos Aires on Saturday, with 4000 athletes aged between 15-18 from over 200 countries set to descend on Argentina's capital.

The games will be the competition's third iteration and run until 18 October, with medals to be won across 32 sports, four of which are making their debuts.

And over half a million people are expected to be in attendance for the street-party themed opening ceremony, open to the public, at Buenos Aires' famous Obelisk monument.

The Games

Despite being in existence for only eight years and three cycles, the Youth Olympic Games has attracted plenty of praise for its innovative ethos.

The event is noted for its proliferation of mixed-gender events, with swimming, modern pentathlon, golf and tennis among the seven sports that will see men and women compete against one another.

In addition, Buenos Aires will welcome equal numbers of male and female competitors, making it the first gender-balanced Olympic event.

Emphasising their remit to educate young athletes in the Olympic tradition, Olympic medal winners Chad le Clos and Danell Leyva will act as two of the event's ambassadors after themselves getting their respective starts at the youth games.

This year will also see roller sports, dance, karate and sport climbing all added to the programme.

The games will be spread across four main locations, with Urban Park, Techno Park, Green Park and the Youth Olympic Park all providing artistic, musical and educational offerings for fans in addition to the sporting events themselves.

Team GB at the games

Great Britain will be hoping to continue their upward trajectory in the table, and certainly have cause to be optimistic.

Perhaps the sport in which GB have the most interest is boxing, where Ivan Price and Caroline Dubois will enter the ring as medal contenders.

Dubois - the sister of heavyweight boxer Daniel, who fights Kevin Johnson on the evening of the Games’ opening ceremony - is the reigning world youth champion.

Price is also a world youth medal winner, taking silver in Budapest this year after he won gold at the European equivalent.

Ross Cullen heads to Buenos Aires as double world junior BMX champion, whilst artistic gymnast Amelie Morgan won five medals at the 2018 European juniors - the most ever by a British female at the event.

History of the Youth Olympic Games

Plans for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games were announced by IOC President Jacques Rogge on 6 July 2007 at the 119th IOC session, with the goal of bringing together young athletes to educate them in the spirit of the Olympics.

The games' first edition took place three years later in Singapore, with China topping the unofficial medals table and Russia close behind in second.

Great Britain claimed three gold, one silver and five bronze medals to finish 17th overall, with double Olympic champion Jade Jones topping the podium in the women's 55kg Taekwondo, and Tom Daley also featuring.

Four years later the Games made their return, this time taking place in Nanjing, China, with the hosts again topping the overall medals table and Great Britain climbing to 11th.

This time GB took home 20 medals in total - five of them gold, five silver and ten bronze - the 2017 European all-around gymnastics champion Ellie Downie winning four of them.

Where to watch

The event is live and on-demand on OlympicChannel.com, while a daily highlights package will air on BBC Two and clips will be available on the BBC website and red button.

Team GB will be providing updates, action clips, news medal alerts and behind-the-scenes footage from Great Britain’s athletes at the games.
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