Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is proposed as an international multi-sport event held every four years. The event will follow the existing Olympic format of staggered summer and winter games. The idea for such an event was introduced by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge in 2001. On July 5, 2007, IOC members at the 119th IOC session in Guatemala City approved the creation of a youth version of the Olympic Games.

The YOG is a sporting event for young people, balancing sport, education and culture. These Games work as a catalyst in these fields throughout the Olympic Movement. Young athletes will participate in high-level sporting competitions while also engaging in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) focused on the Olympic spirit and Olympic values, skill development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.

The IOC is allowing the Summer Games to last twelve days with a maximum of 3,500 athletes and 1,500 officials. The YOG will feature athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 and encompass all 28 sports.

The Second Youth Olympic Games in 2014, Nanjing, China.