(ATR) The “urban Games” of Buenos Aires will be a lesson for the future of multi-sport events, says IOC President Thomas Bach.
Bach speaks about the YOG Village (IOC/Greg Martin)
Bach, fresh off attending the Pan American Sports Organization General Assembly in Punta del Este, Uruguay, visited Buenos Aires for a tour of 2018 Youth Olympic Games facilities. He was joined on the tour by Mayor of Buenos Aires Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Walter Perez, 2008 Olympic champion cyclist from Argentina.
“The Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018 will bring a modern innovative approach to the Games,” Bach said during the tour. “Instead of expecting the youth to come to sport the YOG will go where the young people are.”
Bach says that the new sports for the Games including futsal, BMX freestyle and beach handball are sports “that attract young people”.
“These will be urban games,” Bach added. “[The Games have] four urban clusters and an opening ceremony in the city center. There is much we can all learn from these Games.”
On the tour Larreta emphasized the idea that there is an assigned future purpose for every piece of infrastructure built for the Games. The YOG Village is set to become “social housing” and plans for the sporting venues have been designated by the sports ministry.
“We are building for the Games and for the day after,” Larreta said.
Perez, on the tour, said he wished that a YOG were around when he was younger and training. The high-level competition is an experience that younger athletes get that previous generation of athletes did not.
“To experience [the YOG] in my home town would have been sensational, “Perez said. “As an Olympic Champion I am so happy that it is happening here and that we can bring Olympic Values to young athletes and to everyone in Buenos Aires.”
Homepage photo: IOC/Greg Martin
Written by Aaron Bauer
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