POSTED: June 21st 2013

Buenos Aires to host Olympic Day Festival

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Argentinian Olympic Committee, celebrating its 90th anniversary, and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid will jointly host a festival celebrating the 2013 Olympic Day 22 June.

The 65th installment of Olympic Day will celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the International Olympic Committee 23 June 1894.

“The Argentinean Olympic Committee and Buenos Aires 2018 are delighted to once again bring these wonderful Olympic Day celebrations back to Buenos Aires,” Argentinean Olympic Committee President Gerardo Werthein said. “This year’s celebrations will be extra special because not only are we celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Argentinean Olympic Committee but also because we are embarking on the final stages of Buenos Aires’ bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

“The spirit of Olympism is firmly embedded in Argentinean culture and this weekend we will witness this when thousands of people, young and old, turn out to celebrate and take part in this momentous sporting occasion.

“This festival of activities will encapsulate what Buenos Aires can offer to the IOC and the Youth Olympic Games – a mass celebration of sport and culture in a safe, vibrant and iconic setting which will mobilise Buenos Aires’ diverse and youthful population to become more active and take part in sport on a more regular basis. This will be a fun-filled, educational event that will bring to life the true spirit of Buenos Aires.”

Palermo Woods, which would house the competition venues for Triathlon and Golf events and many of the events in the Culture and Education Programme in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Plan, will stage the Olympic Day Festival and showcase more than 40 sports with Argentinean athletes. Palermo Woods also forms part of the “Green Corridor” of Buenos Aires and stretches across three kilometres along the River Plate.

“It is an honour for Buenos Aires 2018 to host an Olympic Day festival,” Buenos Aires Under Secretary of Sport and Buenos Aires 2018 Bid Committee Chief Executive Officer Francisco Irarrazaval said. “We look forward to welcoming the Buenos Aires community for a unique celebration of Olympic sport and culture.

“For many years, our Olympic Day festivities have attracted thousands of local Olympic enthusiasts and helped to engage new generations of sports fans. Olympic Day in Buenos Aires shows just how passionate we are about the Olympic spirit – it burns bright among the citizens of our city and country.

“Buenos Aires’ bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games is further expression of our deep commitment to spread Olympic ideals to young people in a new part of the world and help advance the Olympic Movement in South America.”

Buenos Aires is bidding against Glasgow and Medellin to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

Keywords · Buenos Aires 2018 · Olympic Day · International Olympic Committee · Youth Olympic Games ·

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