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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018 COMING TO SKY SPORT

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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018 COMING TO SKY SPORT

YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018 COMING TO SKY SPORT

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YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES BUENOS AIRES 2018 COMING TO SKY SPORT
 
SKY Sport is excited to announce that it has secured the rights for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018. The Games will be held from October 7-19 with the participation of around four thousand athletes from 206 countries. 
 
Buenos Aires 2018 is the third edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games, after Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014. 
 
New Zealand expects to send a team of around 60 athletes to Buenos Aires. This will be an increase compared to the last edition in China where 50 athletes represented New Zealand, winning six medals. Eight athletes who competed for New Zealand at Nanjing 2014 took part in the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, where five of them won medals. At this point New Zealand will be represented in approximately 23 sports. 
 
The Buenos Aires 2018 team Chef de Mission is three-time Olympic medalist Barbara Kendall. 
 
SKY Sport’s coverage will include a dedicated 24/7 Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 Pop-up channel that will be produced by the International Olympic Committee.
 
SKY Sport will also have presenter Courtney Tairi on the ground in Buenos Aires to present a daily Kiwi focused Youth Olympic Games highlights show featuring interviews with New Zealand athletes and highlights from key events.
Prime will also have free-to-air coverage of the daily highlights show for the duration of the event. Highlights clips will be available on the SKY Sport Highlights app. 
 
NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith says it’s great that New Zealanders will be able to watch the team compete.
 
“We’re pleased that the country will be able to follow and support our team as these young New Zealanders take on the best youth athletes from around the world.
 
“The events will be exciting and highly competitive, with the Youth Olympic Games providing a great way to see New Zealand’s future sporting stars in action.”
 
SKY Director of Sport, Richard Last says that securing the Youth Olympic Games and events like these are part of SKY’s overall strategy to provide something for every sports fan 365 days a year.
 
“A huge amount of sacrifice, blood, sweat and tears have been made by these athletes and their families to get them to this level and we are extremely proud to be delivering coverage of their efforts at the Youth Olympic Games to New Zealanders across the country.
"For a lot of these athletes it will be their first time competing at this level and we would like to wish all of the New Zealand athletes in action, all the very best of luck in Buenos Aires, we can’t wait to cheer you on!
 
The Youth Olympic Games will also be a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at not only a couple of events that will premiere at the Tokyo Olympic Games, but also a number of athletes who will likely be there too. Go Kiwi!” 
 
SKY Sport coverage details will be released closer to the time.
Details of Prime’s free-to-air highlights show will be released closer to the time.
 
About the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018
 
Buenos Aires 2018 will feature 32 sports with a total of 241 events. 
Four sports will be making their debut on the Olympic stage: Breaking, Sport Climbing, Karate and Roller Speed Skating. Squash and Polo have been added as showcase sports. 
Three sports presented at Buenos Aires 2018 will go on to be contested for the first time at the 
Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 (Basketball 3x3, Sports Climbing and Karate). 
Buenos Aires will be the first time an Olympic event will have an equal number of male and female athletes. Plenty of events will be mixed to promote gender equality. 
The Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018will be held in 4 Youth Olympic Parks (Urban Park, Green Park, Tecnopolis Park and Youth Olympic Park) located in different parts of the city. Each one of them will combine official sport competitions, sport initiation, and artistic, musical and educational activities under their own identity
The Opening Ceremony promises to be a highlight of the Games as it takes place in the world’s widest street where half a million spectators are expected.
 
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international, multi-sport event for young athletes aged 15-18 with an educative and cultural nature that aims to foster the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence in youth.

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