Google Doodle marks start of 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games

The Google Doodle on October 6, 2018, celebrates the start of the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With over 200 countries taking part, the event marks the start of young athletes’ career before they go on to bigger and better things. The event will see thousands of athletes, aged 15-18, compete in various categories.

It is the first time Summer Youth Olympic Games are being held outside of Asia and the first Youth Games for either summer or winter to be held outside Eurasia. The previous two summer events have been held in Singapore (2010) and Nanjing, China (2014).

The doodle sees an animated young bird compete in various sporting events such as weightlifting, gymnastics and swimming. This year kiteboarding and BMX freestyle park will make their debuts, as will a new version of handball that’s played on the beach. Football is out, in favour of futsal — an indoor game played on a smaller hard court and involves lesser players.

The mascot of the Youth Games is ‘Pandi’ the teen jaguar, who loves sports and is native to Argentina. The games occur every four years in a different city and country with summer and winter editions. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded for first, second, and third place — this year designed by 18-year-old Farid Husen from Indonesia.

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