POSTED: July 5th 2012
Buenos Aires 2018: A good 5,000 turn out for Olympic Day celebrations and fun
LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications
July 5 – The Buenos Aires 2018 bid to host the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) together with the Argentinean National Olympic Committee organized a series of week-long celebrations that concluded with a grand finale open air event.
The open air celebration brought together over 5,000 people from all age groups to watch and play more than 30 sports namely Athletics, Volleyball, Archery, Handball, Basketball, Gymnastics, Fencing, Rowing, Judo and Hockey. The gathering took place at the largest green area in the city of Buenos Aires known as ‘Palermo Woods’, which also features Palermo Lake. The aim was to inspire wellness and physical activity with the children and young people.
IOC member and head of the Argentinian NOC, Gerardo Werthein, said, “Buenos Aires 2018, Argentina’s sporting community and all the people of the city are delighted and honoured to have participated in this Olympic Day event – a true celebration of the IOC and the values of Olympism.
“With our bid for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, we want to show how we can also help connect the Movement with millions of new, young hearts and minds in Argentina and across South America. As one of the founding members of the IOC, our country has kept the Olympic spirit alive since 1894.”
Aside from leading members of the Argentinian NOC there were also leading Argentinean athletes, sports instructors and trainers as well as the Undersecretariat of Sports of Buenos Aires City.
Mauricio Macri, Mayor of Buenos Aires City, added, “It gives me great pride to see so many children and young people in the city come out and participate and enjoy all these Olympic sports and activities.
“This shows our passion for sport is embedded into our community and that our city and all the Argentine people are firmly committed to the Olympic Movement.”
Buenos Aires will host the IOC session next September when the 2020 host city will be elected and a new IOC president will be chosen when Dr. Jacques Rogge steps down.
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