The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Learn & Share Programme (L&S), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles.
The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 32 sports featured on the summer programme. In addition, the programme also includes exciting new disciplines and formats such as, breaking, roller speed, beach handball and kiteboarding to name but a few.
Away from the field of play and through a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises, the Learn and Share Programme gives the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures and develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport.
The Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together talented young athletes aged from 15 to 18 from 206 National Olympic Committees around the world.
Over the 12-day period, the Summer Youth Olympic Games host almost 4,000 athletes; and for the first time in Olympic history, there will a complete gender balance of male and female athletes at Buenos Aires 2018.
There are also non-athlete participants who play an integral part in the Games, namely the Young Reporters, Ambassadors and Athlete Role Models. Visit www.olympic.org/youth-olympic-games for more information.
Just like the Olympic Games, the Summer Youth Olympic Games are held every four years. The first and second summer editions were held in Singapore in August 2010 and Nanjing, China, in August 2014.
The host city of the third Summer Youth Olympic Games will be Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 6 and 18 October 2018.