Spectacular opening to 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Argentina

YOG_Olympic ringsEVERY athlete makes a difference in sport and in life and the experience of being in the Summer Youth Olympics will stay with them for life, says the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

“We are all assembled here to celebrate you, to celebrate you as the young athletes as the real game changers,” he said.

YOG_speechesMr Bach welcomed the young athletes from different countries and regions who were present at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

There were more than ten thousand people on the streets in Buenos Aires screaming with joy from every vantage point to witness the opening ceremony.

Officials, spectators and young athletes were welcomed by a group of dancers, then flag bearers held their countries’ flags up high, in front of the athletes, officials, spectators and the people of Argentina.

Some of the flag bearers, including Vanuatu's Ludvine Bleheim.
Some of the flag bearers, including Vanuatu’s Ludvine Beheim.

“This Olympic Games will leave a mark in your life forever, this will be unique and remarkable,” said Victoria Hamatu, an Argentinian Hockey player.

“We all have been training so hard to better ourselves and to archive excellence, we can compete with respect, happiness, humbleness and friendship.

“This will make us better athletes and better people enjoy every moment and show the world that sport can be an excuse to connect humanity.’’

The young athletes' representatives take the Olympic Oath.
The young athletes’ representatives take the Olympic Oath.

Tomorrow there will be some Olympic sports taking place, and for the hockey teams from Vanuatu, the girls’ match will happen at 5pm on October 11, while on October 12 the boys’ team will be playing at 8am at the Youth Olympic Centre against team Malaysia.

As for beach volleyball, the men’s and women’s preliminary phase will be kicking off at 9am tomorrow at the Green Park Venue.

Part of the opening entertainment spectacular.
Part of the opening entertainment spectacular.
The Olympic flame burns proudly over the arena.
The Olympic flame burns proudly over the arena.
A fireworks show to mark the occasion.
A fireworks show to mark the occasion.
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