National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
5 July 2018
The Youth Olympic Games is the best way younger athletes can feel for what the main sporting event of the quadrennial is like and try their hardest at the world greatest competitions.

The idea of holding the Youth Olympics belongs to ex-President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge. On 6 July 2007, during the 119th IOC Session, it was decided that the Youth Olympic Games were held every 4 years and preserved all attributes of “elderly” Olympics. The sole difference is age of participants between 15-18 years.

The Youth Olympiads aim to bring together athletes from all around the globe. The event is remarkable for continental-mixed teams in combined competitions. Distinct sport disciplines require gender-mixed squads.

The Youth Olympics are not all about sport as it is a true fest of sport, youth and Olympic values. That is why cultural and educational component is an indispensable part of the Youth Olympic Games. It presupposes unique events allocated by themes, including Olympism, individual capabilities development, healthy lifestyle, social responsibility, self-actualization. Cultural and educational programme is destined to convert participants into Olympism and make them ambassadors of Olympic values. There out of venues the athletes represent their sport and national culture.

Tutors among the Olympians hold workshops and trainings to help younger generations absorb Olympism. For instance, the Belarusian grace, bronze medalist of London 2012 Liubou Charkashyna joined the Buenos Aires 2018 Role Model Athletes team to inspire youngster athletes, share experience, coach them and organize joint trainings.

Apart from being positioned as a new sport stars smith, the Youth Olympics prove that the Olympic Legacy is real. This is a path to “elder” Games. That is the reason the Youth Olympics should be familiar to all.