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Youth Olympic Games

What?

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a sporting event for young people aged from 15 to 18. In addition to the sporting events, high level competition athletes will also have the opportunity to participate in a Culture and Education programme focusing on the following themes: Olympism and Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

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The YOG DNA defines the spirit and identity of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). It is also the official registered mark of the YOG, through which they are distinguished from the Olympic Games, while keeping the Olympic rings symbol. The YOG DNA highlights the freshness and the dynamism of youth. It is about giving the best of oneself, discovering new cultures, making new friendships, pushing one’s limits, expanding one’s horizons and enjoying oneself. Having YOG-DNA also means being aware of the power of sport to make the world a better place. For participating athletes, becoming young Olympians means being ambassadors of sport, of Olympic values and advocates of a healthy lifestyle.

When?

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. Find out more about the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014.

The third edition of the summer YOG took place in Buenos Aires between 6 and 18 October 2018. The Golf competition at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games took place at the Hurlingham Club, from 09 October to 15 October 2018. Find out more about the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018.

This IOC Factsheet about the Youth Olympic Games describes the vision and mission of the Games as well as the different activities taking place at the YOG.

To find out more about the Youth Olympic Games, go to the IOC website.

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