The Youth Olympics give a taste of high-level competition to the rising stars of every country. The quadrennial multi-sporting event, that was started in 2010, has thus given a platform to many athletes who have gone on to establish themselves in their respective sports.
The fact that nearly 900 Youth Olympians have later become Olympians validates the fact that it has indeed helped shape athletes for high-pressure situations. It has also aided in inculcating the values of Olympism in them from a young age, something that has been a catalyst for some spectacular careers in the field of sports.
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✅302 Winter Olympians 🏂
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1. What are the Youth Olympics?
The Youth Olympics are held every four years, comprising athletes aged 15 to 18. The first summer edition was held in Singapore in 2010 and the maiden winter version in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012.
2. Why the Youth Olympics?
According to the International Olympic Committee, the quadrennial event aims to provide opportunities for athletes and to engage communities through the Olympic values. The idea was conceived by Austrian Johann Rosenzopf, who was concerned about global childhood obesity and falling youth sport activity levels. He also envisaged an event that would serve as a pathway to the Olympic Games.
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3. Buenos Aires 2018 facts
This year’s Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held in Buenos Aires from October 6 to 18. Around 4,000 athletes from 206 countries and regions will take part in the Games, which will comprise 241 events in 32 sports. More than 8,000 volunteers will be on hand to ensure competitions run smoothly. The upcoming event will mark the first time that the Youth Games have been held outside of Asia.
4. Who can compete?
Participants compete in three different age groups: 14-15 years, 16-17 years, and 17-18 years. The athlete’s age is determined by how old he or she is on December 31 of the year they are participating in the Games. Qualification to compete varies depending on each sport, meeting criteria set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Sports Federations (ISF).
5. China success
China is the most successful nation in the history of the Youth Olympics, having won 78 gold medals and 141 medals in total. Next is Russia with 57 gold medals, South Korea with 31, the United States with 26 and Germany with 21.
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6. Which sports participate?
Sports participating in the Youth Games reflect those in the traditional Olympics, with fewer disciplines and categories. Four new sports will make their debut in the Argentine capital: dance sport, karate, roller speed skating and sport climbing.
The sports featuring at Buenos Aires 2018 are: aquatics, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, dance sport, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics, handball, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, roller sports, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, sport climbing, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
As the curtain raises on the Youth Olympics and the country waits with bated breath to see its first ever gold medal from this prestigious tournament, here’s the full list of events that Indian athletes will be taking part in:
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Aakash (Boys’ Individual), Himani (Girls’ Individual), Aakash and Himani (Mixed Team)
Nisar Ahmed (Boys’ 200m), Sreekiran Nandakumar (Boys’ 800m), Suraj Panwar (Boys’ 5000m walk race), Aparna Roy (Girls’ 100m hurdles), Vishnupriya Jayaprakashan (Girls’ 400m hurdles), Seema (Girls’ 3000m), Praveen Chitravel (Boys’ triple jump), Kunwer Ajai Raj Singh Rana (Boys’ javelin throw)
Lakshya Sen (Boys’ Singles), Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka (Girls’ Singles), Sen and Jakka (mixed doubles)
Jyoti Gulia (Girls’ 51 kg)
Boys’ 5s – Prashant Kumar Chauhan, Shivam Anand, Maninder Singh, Pawan, Rabichandra Singh Moirangathem, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Sanjay, Sudeep Chirmako
Girls’ 5s – Salima Tete, Reet, Sangita Kumari, Lalremsiami, Khushboo, Ishika Chaudhary, Mumtaz Khan, Chetna, Bichu Devi Kharibam
Tababi Devi – Girls’ Under 44kg
Satnam Singh and Ashish Goliyan – Boys’ pair (JM2-)
Tushar Mane (Boys’ 10m Air Rifle), Saurabh Chaudhary (Boys’ 10m Air Pistol), Mehuli Ghosh (Girls’ 10m Air Rifle), Manu Bhaker (Girls’ 10m Air Pistol), Mane and Ghosh (10m Air Rifle Mixed Team), Chaudhary and Bhaker (10m Air Pistol Mixed Team)
Bharath Pereira (Boy’s combined)
Srihari Nataraj (50m, 100m and 200m backstroke) and Advait Page (800m freestyle)
Manav Thakkar (Boys’ singles), Archana Kamath (Girls’ Singles), Thakkar and Kamath (Mixed doubles)
Jeremy Lalrinunga (Boys’ 62kg) and Sneha Soren (Girls’48 kg)
Simran (Girls’ 43kg) and Mansi (Girls’ 57kg)