The chefs de mission seminar for more than 200 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) competing in the next edition of the Youth Olympic Games started in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. The seminar will consist of two days of meetings with the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee to share information about the biggest multisport and cultural activity in Argentina’s history.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) directors will also participate in the seminar, which is being held in a hotel in downtown Buenos Aires.

Presenter expositions will touch on wide variety of themes including: transport, logistics, food and beverages, ceremonies and the role and function of the Youth Olympic Village.

unnamed 2Gerardo Werthein, president of the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee, kicked off the seminar.

“The athletes are the heart of our Games. We are committed to delivering a unique celebration for them.

“In just a few months, almost 4,000 young athletes will make history competing in the first gender equality Games ever. They will show us the path for a better world through the sports; the path only the Olympic Movement is capable of building”, said Werthein.

Over 280 NOC delegates will also visit the Youth Olympic Centre construction site, which, when complete, will be the largest of the four Olympic parks for the Games; the Puerto Madero and Palermo neighbourhoods, the sites of two temporary Olympic parks, and Tecnopolis Park, the complex that will serve as the fourth stadium at Buenos Aires 2018.

“We’ll have two very full days, in which we’ll share the vision and operations for Buenos Aires 2018. The link we build with the National Olympic Committees this week is going to be very important to fulfil our objective of celebrating a memorable Games”, said Laura Canals Cruz, director of National Olympic Committees Relations at Buenos Aires 2018.

The chefs de mission seminar will also mark the debut of the first group of Buenos Aires 2018 volunteers who will play a key role during the delegations’ visit to the South American city.


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