POSTED: Thursday December 10th 2009

IOC Executive Board approves qualification systems for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012 in Innsbruck

Over 1,000 athletes will compete in Innsbruck in seven sports, comprising 63 events.

Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today
approved the qualification system for each event at the first Winter
Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which will be held in Innsbruck in 2012.
This follows the previous EB approval of the sports competition

The qualification system for each sport and
discipline, which was prepared in close collaboration with the
International Federations (IF), strives to guarantee participation of
the best athletes in their age category.

For all disciplines,
competitions such as Junior World Championships and Continental
Championships, or official junior ranking lists, will allow athletes to
attempt to qualify for the YOG.

Over 1,000 athletes will compete
in Innsbruck in seven sports, comprising 63 events. The number of
sports on the programme is identical to the Vancouver programme. Each
event has its own age group* competing, either 15-16, 16-17 or 17-18
years old. The bobsleigh age group will be 18-19 years old, and male
participants in the pairs and ice dancing skating events will be 15-18
years old, to comply with the specificities of the sport.

Youth Olympic Games will see some events differ from those of the
Olympic Games. A hockey skills challenge and women’s ski jumping will
be included. Mixed-gender and mixed-NOC team events will take place in
biathlon, curling (artificial track), skating (figure skating, short
track speed skating and speed skating with mass start), and skiing
(Alpine skiing and ski jumping). The combination of cross country
skiing and biathlon will be organised as a mixed-gender team event.

the sports competition programme, the YOG will feature an extensive
Culture and Education Programme (CEP), which aims to introduce young
athletes to Olympism and the Olympic values, and to raise awareness on
important issues such as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, the fight
against doping and their role as sports ambassadors in their

The Executive Board discussed the general progress
of preparations by IYOGOC for the YOG, which are on time and moving
ahead steadily.

* The age being the athlete’s age on 31 December in the year of the YOG.


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