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Summer Youth Olympics Games

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Summer Youth Olympic Games

Youth Olympic Games, one of the biggest sports events in the world are held every four years. It is a multi-sport event organized by the International Olympic Committee which brings together talented young athletes from over 200 countries. Youth Olympic Games are categorized in summer and winter games. There are 28 different sports categories in the summer games and 7 in the winter Youth Olympic Games. Summer Olympics Games also provide an opportunity to connect with different cultures and celebrate the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect. The Opening Ceremony of Summer Olympics 2018 is on October 2018, with events to follow from October 7, 2018.

How Youth Olympic Games Started

Austrian industrial manager Johann Rosenzopf in 1998 advocated for Youth Olympic Games in order to increase participation of youth in sports activities. The idea to organize Youth Olympic Games was initiated by the former President of IOC, Jacques Rogge. IOC members approved his idea at a session in 2007 in Guatemala City and the first Summer YOG was held in Singapore, in August 2007. The second version of the Games was held in Nanjing, China in 2014.

Qualifying standards for Youth Olympic Games

All athletes who is going to participate must comply with the provisions of the Olympic Charter currently in force. Only a National Olympic Committee (NOC) is authorized to select and send teams and individual competitors to compete at the Olympic Games.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) in consultation with the International Sports Federations (ISF) decides on the qualifications to participate in the Youth Olympic Games. The concept of Universality Places ensures that all countries are represented at the games and every nation is able to send at least 4 athletes to each youth Olympic game. For team tournaments, there is a cap of two teams per nation. In individual sports category, no country can enter more than 70 athletes and there are some measures to give participation for under-represented nations.
A minimum qualification score (MQS) is required to compete at the Youth Olympic Games. MQS must be achieved at recognized international events. Also, there is a Quota system where IOC assigns quotas to international sports federations like the ISSF who in turn give it to nations. 80 total quota places are available for the 2018 edition. Some quotas are assigned by Tripartite Commission which is comprised of the IOC, ANOC and ASOIF.
Athletes in the age-group 15-18 years are eligible to participate in the Youth Olympic Games. Summer Youth Olympic Games 2018 is open to athletes born between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2003. The age is counted as on 31st December of the year in which they are participating.

Where is the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games takes place?
6 October-18 October Buenos Aires, Argentina Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina is hosting the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympics Games. This is the first time in the history of Olympic movement that the opening ceremony of the games has been scheduled to be held outside the stadium and is open to all for free. Four new sports are making their debut at the Olympic level with YOG-2018. 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal whereas winter version of YOG will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2020.

Who is India’s Flag Bearer at Youth Olympic Games
Manu Bhaker a shooting star named as the Flag Bearer of the Indian for the third Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires from October 6, 2018.


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How many teams are participating?
There are 206 teams, with at least one athlete from each nation. With 141 athletes, Argentina has the biggest squad.
Kosovo and South Sudan will be making their debuts at Summer Youth Olympics.

How many sports will be contested at the 2018 Youth Olympics Games?

It include, Aquatics (Diving and Swimming), Beach volleyball, Boxing, Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach handball Canoeing, Cycling, DanceSport, Equestrian, Fencing, Field hockey, Roller speed skating, Rowing, Rugby sevens, Sailing, Shooting, Sport climbing, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting, Wrestling Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Modern pentathlon.

How many Indian athletes participating in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics Games?
In Summer Olympics 2018, there are following Games:

1. In Archery, Akash and Himani


2. In Athletics, Vishnupriya Jayaprakashan, Seema, Praveen Chitravel, Nisar Ahmed, Sreekiran Nandakumar, Suraj Panwar, Aparna Roy and Kunwer Ajai Raj Singh Rana


3. In Badminton, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka and Lakshya Sen


4. In Boxing, Jyoti Gulia


5. In Field hockey, Prashant Kumar Chauhan, Shivam Anand, Maninder Singh, Pawan, Rabichandra Singh Moirangathem, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Sanjay, Sudeep Chirmako, Salima Tete, Reet, Sangita Kumari, Lalremsiami, Khushboo, Ishika Chaudhary, Mumtaz Khan, Chetna, Bichu Devi Kharibam.


6. In Judo, Tababi Devi


7. In Rowing, Ashish Goliyan and Satnam Singh


8. In Shooting, Saurabh Chaudhary and Tushar Mane, Manu Bhaker, Mehuli Ghosh


9. In Sport climbing, Bharath Pereira


10. In Swimming, Srihari Nataraj and Advait Page


11. In Table tennis, Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar


12. In Weightlifting, Jeremy Lalrinunga, Sneha SorenIn Weightlifting, Jeremy Lalrinunga and Sneha Soren


13. In Wrestling, Simran and Mansi


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