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  • Buenos Aires 2018 Notebook: Holiday Draws Big Crowds at YOG


    (ATR) A holiday weekend in Buenos Aires filled the Youth Olympic Park by early afternoon, with many spectators lining up for hours to watch events.

    Lines outside the hockey venue (ATR)
    Officials stopped letting people in just after noon, as the park reached its full 22,000 capacity. Once in the park, fans did not have respite from long lines around competition venues. Entrance to all venues was stopped due to full capacity crowds.

    “We expect [tens] of thousands will attend this historical sports and cultural celebration during the weekend and on Monday,” a Buenos Aires 2018 spokesperson said to Around the Rings.

    “More than 410,000 people visited our Parks and stand-alone venues between Sunday 7 and Friday 13.”

    At the gymnastics venue fans waited up to six hours to catch a glimpse of the action in Buenos Aires, according to a spokesperson.

    The IOC said yesterday it views the outpouring of support from spectators a good problem for organizers, even if it means managing long lines.

    “Managing success is the ultimate achievement from the organizing standpoint,” IOC Executive Director Christophe Dubi said.

    Hosts Well Received at Hockey

    Argentina vs India (ATR)
    More than 3,200 local fans crammed into the hockey venue to see Argentina face off against India in the men’s semi final.
    India prevailed in the battle of traditional hockey powers, with a tightly-contested 3-1 victory.

    One international hockey federation official joked to ATR that the venue could have been expanded to 10,000 and would have been filled with passionate Argentines. The federation views the tournament as a successful promotion of the five-a-side discipline.

    In the other men’s semifinal match Malaysia held off a spirited comeback from Zambia to win 7-4.

    Argentina won gold in the men’s hockey tournament at the Rio Olympics. Some members of the winning team were presented before the semi final match.

    Bach Visiting Two Sports

    IOC President Thomas Bach continues his tour of sports at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games starting with sailing.

    Bach will pay a visit to weightlifting competition tonight after taking in sailing, a spokesperson confirmed.

    Yesterday Bach visited taekwondo watching bouts with World Taekwondo President Chungwon Choue.

    “Our young athletes put on an exciting show and showcased all the speed, skill and athleticism that taekwondo is known for,” Choue said in a statement from the federation. “The Youth Olympic Games is a very important event for our young athletes as not only does it allow them to compete on a world stage but it also brings them together from counties all around the world and teaches them in the Olympic Values.”

    Written by Aaron Bauer in Buenos Aires

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