Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) have been developed as an exciting new project to reach out to young people around the world. It is an important milestone for the IOC and for the Olympic Movement, which demonstrates the IOC’s decision to continue engaging with young people and introduce them to the Olympic values. Inspired by IOC President Jacques Rogge, the YOG took the first step towards becoming reality when the IOC Executive Board unanimously welcomed the President’s idea in April 2007. The IOC members approved the project at the 119th Session in Guatemala City (July 2007). The first edition of the Summer YOG took place in Singapore in 2010, and the first Winter YOG in Innsbruck in 2012.

The vision of the YOG is to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by  the Olympic values. This is why the event, created by the IOC for young athletes between the ages of 15 to 18, balances sport, culture and education. The YOG are designed to work as a catalyst in these fields throughout the Olympic Movement and to encourage young people to play an active role in their communities.

As with the Olympic Games, the World Anti-Doping Code is applied during the YOG, which are held in accordance with the Fundamental Principles of Olympism and the rules of the Olympic Charter.

The city of Singapore hosted the first ever Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August 2010. A total of  3,524 athletes competed in 26 sports comprising 201 events ,depending on the sport / discipline they compete in and their gender, athletes participating in the YOG must be 15, 16, 17 or 18 years old on 31 December in the year of the YOG.

The 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place from 16 to 28 August 2014 in Nanjing (China) and will include 28 sports, identical to the ones at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including rugby and golf. Around 3,800 athletes, born between January 1996 and December 1999, are expected to compete in more than 20 activities and six IOC programmes will be set up for the athletes in Nanjing ,Buenos Aires (Argentina) will host the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games from 11 to 23 September 2018.