Games of the III Youth Olympiad
Host cityBuenos Aires, Argentina
MottoFeel the future
(Spanish: Viví el futuro)[1]
Events239 in 32 sports
Opening6 October
Closing18 October
Opened by
StadiumParque Polideportivo Roca

The 2018 Summer Youth Olympics (Spanish: Juegos Olímpicos de la Juventud de 2018), officially known as the III Summer Youth Olympic Games, and commonly known as Buenos Aires 2018, were an international sports, cultural, and educational event held from 6 to 18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were the first Youth Olympic Games held outside of Eurasia, and the first Summer Games held outside of Asia and the first to be held in the Western and Southern hemispheres. It was the second Olympic Games held in South America after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Main article: Bids for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics

Six bids were initially submitted for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics. Buenos Aires confirmed their bid in September 2011.[2] On 13 February 2013, the IOC selected Buenos Aires as one of the three Candidate Cities for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games. The other two candidate cities were Glasgow and Medellín. Guadalajara and Rotterdam failed to become candidates. Poznań withdrew their bid before the candidate cities were selected.[3]

The host city election vote was held at an IOC Session in Lausanne. The results were as follows:[4]

2018 Summer Youth Olympics bidding results
City Nation Round 1 Round 2
Buenos Aires  Argentina 40 49
Medellín  Colombia 32 39
Glasgow  United Kingdom 13

Development and preparation


In October 2013, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach appointed Namibian sprinter and four-time Olympic silver medalist Frank Fredericks as Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games — Buenos Aires 2018.[5] Fredericks was heading the six-person IOC Coordination Commission made up of several Olympians including Danka Bartekova, the youngest IOC Member and Young Ambassador from the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010. This commission was completed by two other IOC members, China's Li Lingwei, winner of three World Badminton Championships, and Barry Maister, a member of New Zealand's hockey team that won the Olympic gold medals at 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal; and Adham Sharara, Canadian President of the International Table Tennis Federation, and Henry Nuñez, head of the National Olympic Committee of Costa Rica.[6] Working along with them there was the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (BAYOGOC), that includes member of the Argentine Olympic Committee (AOC), the local government and the national government, and which CEO was Leandro Larrosa. The local organising committee involves young people in all levels of the organization; including an 'Athlete Commission' and a newly established 'Youth Commission' – a group of young consultants chosen by the AOC from local schools and universities – and the employees within BAYOGOC from junior to director level.[7] The first Coordination Commission meeting took place in Buenos Aires on 27–28 September 2014.

Olympic Flag at Plaza de la República

During June 2015 a small delegation from Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee (NYOGOC) visited Buenos Aires for a series of debriefing workshops and seminars to pass on their expertise focusing on strategic decisions to be made in the early stages such as legacy, the use of the YOG to impact youth and sport, and benefits of the YOG to engage communities. The CEOs of Singapore 2010, Lillehammer 2016 and Innsbruck 2012 also took part of these meetings that were presided over by Frank Fredericks.[8]

Football player and Olympic gold medalist Lionel Messi, originally not from Buenos Aires but from Rosario, was named as an ambassador of the 2018 YOG in March 2014,[9] and he delivered a video welcoming message for the young athletes to Buenos Aires during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.[10] In December 2015, the four-time Olympic medalist Luciana Aymar was also named as an ambassador of Buenos Aires 2018.[11] In July 2017, Olympic gold medalist Luis Scola was named ambassador of the 2018 YOG.[12]

Joining the Olympic programme for the first time at Buenos Aires 2018 were BMX freestyle, kitesurfing, cross country running, beach handball, sport climbing, karate, breakdancing,[13] and roller sports;[14] and the event programme saw an increased gender balance.[15] FIFA also decided to replace football with futsal at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics,[16] while other sports such as skateboarding were being considered for the programme.[17] Roller speed skating was added to the Olympic programme on 17 March 2017.[18][14]

Three years before the event, a survey showed that public support had reached 82.3 per cent in favour of the Youth Olympic games in Buenos Aires. During the second visit of the International Olympic Committee's Coordination Commission to the city, on 13 and 14 August 2015, Mr. Fredericks highlighted the implementation of 13 of the recommendation of the Agenda 2020 by BAYOGOC.[19]


2018 Summer Youth Olympics is located in Buenos Aires
Argentine Equestrian Club
Argentine Equestrian Club
Urban Park
Urban Park
Locations of the venues for the 2018 YOG within Buenos Aires: Green Park, Olympic Park, Urban Park, Techno Park
Buenos Aires Underground

The original plan was based on the bid for the 2004 Summer Olympics, in which a 15 km long Olympic Corridor would have worked instead of a more concentrated Olympic Park.[20] For the Buenos Aires bid for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics the Olympic Corridor was adapted into a Green Corridor, one of the two main sports zones as the primary sites of the Games in Buenos Aires 2018, being the other one Parque Roca, to the south of the city.[21] The Green Corridor and the Olympic Corridor shared River Plate Stadium, Tiro Federal, Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires, Parque Tres de Febrero, La Bombonera, La Rural and CeNARD as venues.

In order to group the sports in a more compact framework, in September 2014 a new four-clusters concept was revealed, dropping out venues such as La Rural.[7][22] It was announced then that each cluster would include an area called YOG FEST where sporting experiences, family entertainment and cultural activities would take place. But at the 129th IOC Session, in August 2016, a new venues masterplan was presented, including two new stand-alone venues, adding La Rural once again and replacing Parque Sarmiento with Tecnópolis.

The International Olympic Committee members stayed at the Sheraton Hotel, located in the district of Retiro and close to Retiro railway station, one of the most important transportation hubs in Buenos Aires.

After numerous changes, in February 2018, the definitive venues plan was presented.[23]

The Opening Ceremony was held at the Obelisco de Buenos Aires.[24]

A. Green Park

The Palermo Woods hosted the triathlon, beach volley and cycling

Adjacent to downtown Buenos Aires and stretching three kilometres along the scenic banks of the River Plate, this area was distinguished by swathes of parks. It included the barrios of Núñez and Palermo. The Palermo Woods, a highly popular retreat for porteños and visitors alike, was the triathlon and cycling venue.

Venues located in Núñez can be reached by Belgrano Norte Line (at Ciudad Universitaria railway station) or by nearby Mitre Line (at Núñez Station) or Buenos Aires underground Line D (at Congreso de Tucumán Station). Venues located in Palermo can be reached by Mitre Line (Tres de Febrero and Lisandro de la Torre station).

Venue Location Sports Type
Parque Tres de Febrero Palermo Triathlon
Cycling (Road / Cross-country)
Beach Volley
Existing, no permanent works required
Argentine Equestrian Club Núñez Equestrian
Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club Palermo Tennis
CeNARD Núñez Futsal
La Rural Palermo International Broadcast Centre

B. Olympic Park

Olympic Park for Buenos Aires 2018 seen from the Space Needle, May 2018.

Located to the South of Buenos Aires, Roca Park is a vast area of 200 hectares in the district of Villa Soldati, a neighborhood that has been targeted by the local Government in need of urban development.[25] One of the greenest areas in the metropolis, it is adjacent to the City Park and the Buenos Aires Automotive Racetrack. The Park, inaugurated in the 1980s, has many sports venues and recreational facilities, including the iconic Roca Park Athletics Stadium and the Roca Park Tennis Stadium. This area was also the site of the Youth Olympic Village (YOV), from where 65 per cent of the athletes were able to walk to their competition venues,[26] and after the event it would become the new location for the CeNARD.

The Parque Polideportivo Roca was fully renovated before the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in order to be used as main Olympic Park. Six pavilions were built: Asia Pavilion (judo and wrestling), Africa Pavilion (fencing and modern pentathlon), Europe Pavilion (karate and weightlifting), Oceania Pavilion (boxing and taekwondo), America Pavilion (gymnastics) and natatorium. The complex also includes hockey and athletics fields.

Olympic Park can be reached by Premetro tram at Cecilia Grierson station, or by the southern Metrobus line.

Roca Park is next to the City Park, where the Youth Olympic Village was built, and where the 200 meters high Space Needle is located.
The Roca Park Tennis Stadium was fully covered
Venue Location Sports Type
Roca Park Stadium Villa Soldati Training and logistics Existing, no permanent works required
Youth Olympic Park Athletics Existing, permanent works required
Youth Olympic Park Aquatics (Swimming;— Diving)
Field Hockey
Modern Pentathlon (shooting, running, fencing and swimming)
Gymnastics (Artistics — Rhythmic — Trampoline)
Permanent venue to be built
Youth Olympic Village Closing Ceremony[27] Permanent venue to be built

C. Urban Park

Located to the east of the city, this cluster occupies a significant portion of the Río de la Plata riverbank and includes the old Puerto Madero docks as venue for water sports. Rowing competitions were held over 500 metres rather than the usual 2,000 metres.[17]

This area can be reached by Buenos Aires Underground lines A, B, D and E.

Puerto Madero hosted events of three water sports
Venue Location Sports Type
Dock 3 Puerto Madero Rowing
Existing, no permanent works required
Parque Mujeres Argentinas Puerto Madero Basketball (3 on 3)
Cycling (BMX Freestyle)
Sport climbing

D. Techno Park

Tecnópolis hosted four sports

Located west of the city and next to the General Paz Avenue which marks the limit of Buenos Aires city, the 50 hectares science, technology, industry and art mega exhibition Tecnópolis was inaugurated in 2011 and was the venue for four sports competitions. This area can be accessed by Mitre Line Railway at Migueletes station or by Belgrano Norte Line at Saavedra or Padilla stations.

Venue Location Sports Type
Tecnópolis Villa Martelli Table Tennis
Existing, no permanent works required
Parque Sarmiento Saavedra Shooting
Beach Handball

E. Stand-alone venues

Venue Location Sports Type
Paseo de la Costa Vicente López Cycling (BMX Racing)
Roller speed skating
Existing, no permanent works required
Club Náutico San Isidro San Isidro Sailing
Club Atlético de San Isidro San Isidro Rugby sevens
Hurlingham Club Hurlingham Golf

The Games

Presentation of the Olympic Rings at the opening ceremony

Torch Relay

Main article: List of Olympic torch relays

Athens (Greece) - La Plata (Buenos Aires) - Parana (Entre Rios) - Santa Fe (Santa Fe) - Iguazu (Misiones) - Corrientes (Corrientes) - Jujuy (Jujuy) - Salta (Salta) - Tucuman (Tucuman) - Catamarca (Catamarca) - La Rioja (La Rioja) - Mendoza (Mendoza) - San Juan (San Juan) - Cordoba (Cordoba) - Neuquen (Neuquen) - Bariloche (Rio Negro) - Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego) - Buenos Aires (Federal Capital) (Argentina)

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics was held at the Obelisco de Buenos Aires on 6 October 2018 at 20:00 (8 PM) Argentina Time.


The 2018 Summer Youth Olympics featured 239 events in 32 sports. There were 12 mixed team events (Mixed-NOCs), 9 mixed team events (NOCs), 1 open event (Equestrian), 113 men's events, and 102 women's events.

Demonstration sports

These were the demonstration sports in the games:[28][29]

Participating National Olympic Committees

Participating National Olympic Committees

Number of athletes by National Olympic Committee


The schedule for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games was released on 9 May 2018, exactly 150 days before the starting of the games on its official website.

 ●  Opening ceremony  ●  Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
October 6th
Aquatics (Diving) 1 1 1 1 1 5
Aquatics (Swimming) 3 8 5 7 4 9 36
Archery 1 1 1 3
Athletics 9 16 11 36
Badminton 3 3
Basketball 2 2 4
Beach handball 2 2
Beach volleyball 2 2
Boxing 8 5 13
Canoeing 2 2 2 2 8
Cycling 1 1 2 4
Dancesport 2 1 3
Equestrian 1 1 2
Fencing 2 2 2 1 7
Field hockey 2 2
Futsal 1 1 2
Golf 2 1 3
Gymnastics 1 1 1 4 4 5 1 17
Judo 3 3 2 1 9
Karate 3 3 6
Modern pentathlon 1 1 1 3
Roller speed skating 2 2
Rowing 2 2 4
Rugby sevens 2 2
Sailing 2 3 5
Shooting 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Sport climbing 1 1 2
Table tennis 2 1 3
Taekwondo 2 2 2 2 2 10
Tennis 2 3 5
Triathlon 1 1 1 3
Weightlifting 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Wrestling 5 5 5 15
Total gold medals 15 23 18 18 15 25 23 26 30 17 20 9 239
Cumulative gold medals 15 38 56 74 89 114 137 163 193 210 230 239
October 6th

Closing ceremony

Athletes and sports functionaries watching the closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics was held at the Youth Olympic Village on 18 October 2018. The Olympic flag was handed over to the next host city, Senegalese capital Dakar, for the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics.


Supatchanin Khamhaeng of Thailand originally won the gold medal at the Girls' +63 kg Weightlifting event, but was disqualified in 2019 after testing positive for a banned substance.[31]

Medal table

Main article: 2018 Summer Youth Olympics medal table

  *   Host nation (Argentina)

1 Russia29181259
2 China189936
3 Japan15121239
4 Hungary127524
5 Italy11101334
6 Argentina*116926
7 Iran73414
8 United States65718
9 France515727
10 Ukraine57618
Totals (93 entries)240241263744
Source: IOC



Olympic Torch with emblem

The official emblem of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics was presented in July 2015, three years before the games. The emblem reflects the diversity of Buenos Aires and it is inspired by the city's vibrant colours, eclectic culture, iconic architecture and the many neighbourhoods that make up the Argentine capital. Each letter represents a famous landmark, including the Floralis Genérica, Space Tower, the Columbus Theatre, the National Library and the Obelisk. A short video produced by the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (BAYOGOC) shows what each letter on the emblem relates to.[32]


The slogan of these Games,"Feel the Future", was unveiled on 8 April 2018.


Mascot of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics (Buenos Aires)
CreatorHuman Full Agency
SignificanceA young Jaguar

The Olympic mascot of these games was unveiled on 29 May 2018.[33] The mascot is a young Jaguar, its name "Pandi" is a combination of the scientific name of the species (Panthera onca) and the relationship of the mascot with the "digital world".[34] The president of the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee, Gerardo Werthein, said that the mascot "seeks to inspire young people on the transformative power of Olympism and sport".[35]

The mascot was created by the Argentine agency Human Full Agency with direction of Peta Rivero y Hornos. The animation short was made by the local production company Buda TV.[33]

Official song

The official song of Buenos Aires 2018 is "Alive", performed by Candelaria Molfese and Fernando Dente. It was produced by Radio Disney. The name of the song in Spanish is "Vamos juntos" ("Let's go together"), which was also the name of the governing coalition for the 2017 legislative elections in Buenos Aires city.[36]


See also


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Preceded byNanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires III Youth Olympiad (2018) Succeeded byDakar