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Youth Olympics (YOG)

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event, held every four years. The age limitation of the athletes is 14 to 18. The Youth Olympic Games is a successor to the discontinued World Youth Games.

Athlete village at the 2020 Youth Winter Olymic Games Lausanne,	Switzerland Athlete village at the 2020 Youth Winter Olymic Games Lausanne, Switzerland

The sports contested at the Youth Olympic Games comprise the same as those scheduled for the traditional Olympic Games, plus other sports that may one day be part of the Olympic Games. At the 2018 Youth Olympics four sports made their Olympic debut: sport climbing, dance sport, karate and roller sports. Also, BMX freestyle, kiteboarding, futsal and beach handball were new sport disciplines on the program.

There were plans to move the YOG to a non-Olympic year, starting with the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games moving from 2022 to 2023, but this decision was rescinded. Later, the 2022 Summer Games were postponed due to the coronovirus, and is to be held in 2026.

Youth Olympics Hosts (Summer & Winter)

Year Games Version Host dates
2030 Summer 5    
2028 Winter 5    
2026 Summer 4 Dakar, Senegal ?
2024 Winter 4 Gangwon, South Korea Jan 19 - Feb 2, 2024
2020 Winter 3 Lausanne, Switzerland Jan 9-22, 2020
2018 Summer 3 Buenos Aires, Argentina Oct 6-18, 2018
2016 Winter 2 Lillehammer, Norway Feb 26 - Mar 6, 2016
2014 Summer 2 Nanjing Aug 16-28, 2014
2012 Winter 1 Innsbruck Jan 13-22, 2012
2010 Summer 1 Singapore Aug 14 to 26, 2010
1988 World Youth Games Moscow Jul 11-19, 1998

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Major Events Extra

The largest sporting event in the world is the Olympic Games, but there are many other multi-sport games. In terms of single sport events, nothing beats the FIFA World Cup. To see what's coming up, check out the calendar of major sporting events.

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