POSTED: November 28th 2012

Buenos Aires: 2018 YOG bid greets the First Sports Leaders Congress

Francisco Irarrazaval explained the city's vision for the Youth Olympic Games / City of Buenos Aires
Francisco Irarrazaval explained the city's vision for the Youth Olympic Games / City of Buenos Aires

Sports Features Communications

November 28 — The team devoted to bringing the Youth Olympic Games to Argentina’s capital city in 2018 were on hand to welcome the attendees of the country’s first Sports Leaders Congress and fill them in on the campaign.

Attended by hundreds of athletes, sports executives, media and manufacturers from around globe, the gathering’s keynote address was delivered by Francisco Irarrazaval, the undersecretary of sport who’s also heading up Buenos Aires’ 2018 Bid Committee. He talked about the city’s vision for transforming itself to suit all future generations.

"If Buenos Aires has the honor of hosting the Youth Olympic Games in 2018," Irarrazaval told the attendees, "the improved sporting facilities in the heart of the city will transform how we will be able to deliver youth sport to our community of dedicated sports fans."

The city and country have pledged to invest millions in infrastructure and facility improvements to support its bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. 

"Our bid is founded on the idea to create amazing sporting opportunities that benefits Buenos Aires, Argentina and the entire Olympic movement," he said. 

The entire continent is "passionately embracing Olympism," he said, "… by harnessing the power of youth sport and the enthusiasm of young people. As a vibrant capital city with world class technologies, (we) can connect a new global generation to the special Olympic spirit and help the continued growth of Olympic sport in South America."

Without a strong youth sports focus, he added, the people lose an important “cornerstone of the social, educational, and cultural growth”

Conference attendees came to buff up on a range of sports-related topics — from team-building and leadership techniques to management and marketing. Irarrazaval urged them to be examples for the nation’s future leaders. 

"The world needs sports leaders who embody the values of effort and teamwork," he said. "Leaders are people who overcome obstacles, who are optimistic in adversity and who work hard to achieve the objectives. It is a commitment of Buenos Aires to host the YOG and work with our city and nation’s sports leaders to inspire these values in the next generation."

Holder of the world record for high jump, 1992 Olympic gold medalist Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, spoke to attendees about bringing a sense of inspiration to resources management. Other courses were delivered by Javier Weber, who handled operations for Argentina’s 2012 Olympic volleyball team; technical director for its football team, Alejandro Sabella; Guillermo Villas, the Argentinian tennis star who’s won more than 60 ATP tournaments; and Julio Lamas, technical director of Argentine’s 2012 Olympic basketball team.

Keywords · Buenos Aires 2018 · IOC · YOG · Francisco Irarrazaval

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