In South American, there’s another Olympic reason to celebrate: Two years after the Olympic Games in Rio, Buenos Aires, Argentina will host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
The Youth Olympics were officially awarded to Buenos Aires during a special session of the International Olympic Committee Thursday afternoon. Glasgow, Scotland, and Medellin, Colombia were the other two candidates to host in 2018.
The inaugural Youth Olympic Games were held in Singapore in 2010. Nanjing, China will welcome them next year. In awarding the Games to South America, the International Olympic Committee continues to break with its Euro-centric tradition, as it did when it awarded the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. 2016 will be the first time the Games have been held in South America.
With the age rule for the World Championships and Olympic Games stipulating that gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year, the Youth Olympics take on an especially important role. Russia’s Viktoria Komova, one year too young for the 2010 Worlds, blitzed the Youth Olympics in Singapore, coming away with three gold medals and solidifying herself as the top junior in the world.
The Youth Olympics were also the coming out party of Carlotta Ferlito (ITA), Oleg Stepko (UKR), Ludovico Edalli (ITA) and Tan Sixin (CHN), among others.
The Gymnastics Examiner | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe above