POSTED: June 23rd 2013

Olympic Day festival in Buenos Aires' Palermo Woods draws 15,000 visitors

Buenos Aires 2018 Bid Committee members Gerardo Werthein, Juan Curuchet, Francisco Irarrazaval and Mario Moccia at the Olympic Day festival / Buenos Aires 2018
Buenos Aires 2018 Bid Committee members Gerardo Werthein, Juan Curuchet, Francisco Irarrazaval and Mario Moccia at the Olympic Day festival / Buenos Aires 2018

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Argentinean Olympic Committee and Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid’s jointly-hosted Olympic Day celebrations drew more than 15,000 people to Palermo Woods Saturday.

Olympic Day celebrates the anniversary of the International Olympic Committee’s founding 23 June 1984. The Argentinean Olympic Committee is also celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Juan Curuchet, who won a gold medal in the Madison cycling event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, was one of the high-profile athletes involved in sporting demonstrations and exhibitions during the Olympic Day festival. More than 40 sports were showcased to members of the public, who were encouraged to participate in the exhibitions.

“It is great to see so many people of all ages in Buenos Aires participate in this Olympic Day festival of sport and culture,” Argentinean Olympic Committee President Gerardo Werthein said. “It is a wonderful celebration of the IOC and the spirit of Olympism.

“Olympic day is a very special occasion for the citizens of Buenos Aires and Argentina. When the IOC was formed in June 1984, there were thirteen founding members. It makes us very proud that one of those original members was an Argentine, Jose Zubiaur.

“We are deeply honoured to have these historic links to the foundation of the IOC and the modern Olympic Movement, and this means important Olympic values are embedded into our culture and they still guide us today.”

Werthein was joined at the Olympic Day festival by other members of the Buenos Aires 2018 Bid Committee, including Argentinean Olympic Committee Secretary Mario Moccia and Buenos Aires 2018 Chief Executive Francisco Irarrazaval.

“With our bid for the Youth Olympic Games in 2018, we can achieve something remarkable and we feel this is the right time for Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Olympic Movement to join together and strengthen the Olympic cause in South America,” Irarrazaval said.

“Buenos Aires believes in the Youth Olympic Games, its values and principles, and the inspirational energy of sport to empower the youth. We are honoured to bid for the YOG because we want it to thrive – creating wonderful opportunities to expand Olympic ideals to millions more young people around the world.”

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

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

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