About the Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are an elite sporting event for young people aged from 15 to 18 from all over the world.

The sports programme is mainly based on that of the Olympic Games. In addition, it includes exciting new sports, disciplines and formats, such as breaking, sport climbing, 3-x-3 basketball, 3-x-3 ice hockey and mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.

Away from the field of play, the education programme uses a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team-building exercises to give the participating athletes the opportunity to learn about the Olympic values, explore other cultures, develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport, and improve their training methods and performance. Non-athlete participants, namely the Young Reporters, YOG Ambassadors and Athlete Role Models, are also an integral part of the YOG experience.


Youth Olympic Games Editions

Like the Olympic Games, the YOG are held biennially, alternating the Summer and Winter editions. Golf made its debut on the Olympic stage during the summer YOG in Nanjing held between 16 and 28 August, 2014. The Golf Competitions took place from 19 to 26 August 2014.

The most recent Summer YOG took place in Buenos Aires between 6 and 18 October 2018. The Golf competition at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games was held at the Hurlingham Club, from 9 to 15 October 2018.

The next Summer YOG will take place in Dakar, Senegal, in 2026. Senegal will be the first country on the African continent to be awarded the honour of hosting an Olympic sports event.