Tango, equality, and crisis in the city of Buenos Aires started youth Olympics

On Saturday, October 6, the streets of Buenos Aires lit up with fireworks on the occasion of the start in the Argentine capital, the third Summer youth Olympic games. The competition will be attended by about 4,000 athletes from 206 countries.

For the first time in the history of the Olympic games opening ceremony was held on the streets of the city and was open to all comers. It is reported that in Buenos Aires in festivals involved more than 200 thousand people. They witnessed colorful performances: in the air over the widest street in the world — the Avenida 9 de Julio — the Olympic rings materialized, numerous dancers performed a tango on the balconies of nearby houses, there was music, were actors of the Argentine theater company Fuerza Bruta. About two thousand people, including more than 350 artists and musicians needed to ensure the successful completion of the ceremony.

The head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach spoke to the young athletes with a welcoming speech in which he stressed that “every athlete is different from others. We all come from different parts of the world and we have different cultures, but we share the Olympic values — a commitment to high achievements, friendship and respect. Following these Olympic values, every one of you is changing the sport and the life around”.

Young Olympians will compete for medals in 32 sports, including the recently recognised Olympic disciplines, karate, climbing and BMX. For the first time in youth Olympic games in Buenos Aires involved exactly the same number of athletes as the athletes. The French newspaper Libération called this quantitative balance is “perfect parity”. On the website of the International Olympic Committee States that the organisers of the upcoming 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo is expected that women will account for 49% of the participants.

At the opening ceremony as honorary guests attended the boys-members of the football team found themselves locked in a cave in Thailand at the end of June. A group of teenagers 11-16 years and their 25-year-old coach fell into the trap during the excursion in the cave complex of Tham Luang. The operation rescue was watched by the whole world.

The ceremony stars Argentine sports lit the Olympic torch. The right to bring him fire received the champion of the Olympic games in 2016, Olympic bronze medalist 2008, world champion in judo Paula Pareto and Santiago Lange yachtsman, Olympic champion 2016 Olympic bronze medalist 2004 and 2008, the participant round the world race Volvo Ocean Race. The torch they handed tennis player Gabriela Sabatini. The torch will be lit in the Park the youth Olympic games before the end of the competition, that is, until October 18.

The opening ceremony of the youth Olympic games in 2018 in a photo
  • The Olympic rings in the sky over Buenos-Irazem
    REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

  • Fireworks around the Obelisk in the square of the Republic
    Ian Walton for OIS/IOC/Handout via REUTERS

  • Thomas Bach and Gerardo Werthein appeal to young athletes
    REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

  • Dancers perform a tango on the balcony
    Jed Leicester for OIS/IOC/Handout via REUTERS

  • On stage will wear the flag of the Olympic movement.
    Jed Leicester for OIS/IOC/Handout via REUTERS

Currently, Argentina is experiencing an economic crisis. Initially it was assumed that the budget of the youth Olympic games will be around $ 200 million, but according to the IOC, it has been reduced by 40%. Despite this, all the competitions of the youth games will be free for spectators. “We conceived of these games as something that can involve all. Even the question was not about how to calculate how many people would have to pay an entrance fee,” — says the President of the Argentine Olympic Committee Gerardo Werthein. According to the AFP, in part constructed specially for the competition of the buildings that can be used as residential premises, relocated slum dwellers. The remaining space will be put up for sale.

Gerardo Werthein called youth Olympics “the most important event for Argentina from the world Cup of 1978”. According to Thomas Bach, after holding the Junior championship of Buenos Aires will be able to improve their position as a candidate for the “adult” Olympics. We will remind, the capital of Argentina offered its candidacy five times — in 1936, 1956, 1960, 1968 and 2004.

It is expected that the leadership in the medal standings Junior Olympics will compete in teams of China and Russia. The representatives of these teams have won the greatest number of medals at the first youth Olympic games 2010 in Singapore and the second held in 2014 in the Chinese Nanjing. The fourth youth championship will be held in 2022, it will take the Dakar.
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