Buenos Aires unveil September plans for 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid
Friday, 19 October 2012
October 19 - Buenos Aires has today unveiled their plans for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with the event in the Argentinian capital scheduled to take place from September 11-23.
The Bid Book, which was handed in to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week, says that hosting the event between these dates, when it is spring in the city, means the Games will be perfectly timed in terms of providing "ideal conditions" for athletes and fans.
The date for the September 11 Opening Ceremony intentionally coincides with National Teachers' Day while the proposed Games dates also include National Students' Day on September 21.
Both dates are school holidays in Argentina and give young people the opportunity to join in the nation-wide festivities of the event as on National Students' Day; students from secondary schools and universities traditionally gather in parks and public spaces to join in the cultural and social activities.
The plans also show a commitment of $69 million (£43 million/€53 million) by the Government of the City of Buenos Aires to organise the competition, with the bid team promising that the event will be successfully organised with financial prudence to ensure only minimal spending.
"We believe we have developed a compelling concept for the YOG that will help the event grow and be a key platform for the Olympic Movement to spread the positive message of Olympism to young people," said Argentine Olympic Committee (COA) President Gerardo Werthein.
"Our bid also symbolises Argentina's firm commitment to developing Olympic sport.
"As one of the founding partners of the IOC, the values of the Olympic Movement are firmly embedded into our culture and we treasure our Olympic heritage deeply.
"And as the only founding partner not to have hosted the Games, we have been working hard to emphasise our dedication to being an active National Olympic Committee.
"Our bid for 2018 Youth Olympic Games is an expression of this dedication."
The unveiling of the highlights of the Bid Book comes just before the main themes of the File will be published online next week on October 22.
The highlights show that 26 venues are proposed to be used for Buenos Aires 2018 with only two new permanent venues required to be built.
No temporary venues are required while the majority of proposed sport venues within 30 minutes' drive of Youth Olympic Village and Olympic Family hotels.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies are scheduled to take place at the 55,000 capacity River Plate Stadium while tickets will be handed out for will hand out for free for 70 per cent of the total number of qualification round tickets and 40 per cent of the final Games team sport competitions.
"This is a bid that offers a great opportunity not only for Buenos Aires and Argentina, but also for the entire Olympic Movement – helping to communicate the special Olympic spirit to a new generation in a continent that is passionately embracing Olympism," added the Mayor of Buenos Aires Mauricio Macri.
"If Buenos Aires has the honour of hosting the YOG in 2018, the improved sporting facilities in the heart of the city will serve the needs of a community deeply committed to sport for generations to come.
"By harnessing the passion for sport in the city, youth sport will be the cornerstone of the social, educational and cultural growth of Buenos Aires."