Young Team India departs for the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018

New Delhi, 1st October 2018:A team of 68 members, including 46 young athletes will depart early tomorrow to participate in the 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Gamesbeing held in the Argentincapital Buenos Aires, from 6-­‐18 October 2018. 

This is the largest ever Indian contingent to the Youth Olympic Games with 46 young athletes having qualified to compete in 13 sports. Recurve Archery will see 2 athletes, 7 in Athletic events, 2 in Badminton, 1 in Boxing, teams of 9 each in Men’s and Women’s Hockey 5s, 1 in Judo, 2 in Rowing, 4 in Shooting, Sport1 Climbing, 2 in Swimming, 2 in Table Tennis, 2 in Weightlifting and 2 in Wrestling.

In the lead up to the Youth Olympic Games, the Indian Olympic Association held an interactive preparatory session for the benefit of the young athletes with Sports Psychologist Dr Divya Jain, Sports Nutritionist Ms Avni Kaul, Olympic Educationist Dr Tarun Rauthan and veteran Sports Journalist Mr G. Rajaraman.2008 Beijing Olympic medallist Vijender Singh also joined the session to cheer up the young squad en-­‐route Buenos Aires.

In the Send-­‐off ceremony held this evening, Chief Guest Honourable Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wished good luck to the athletes.

The Indian team will be led by Chef de MissionMr Gurudatta D. Bhakta. The nominee of the Indian Olympic Association Mr Lakshman Rohit Maradapa who was selected as the IOC Young Change-­‐Maker is also accompanying the team to Buenos Aires.

Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President Indian Olympic Association said “It gives me immense pleasure to announce the Young Athletes participation in the 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018. May the India flag fly high and our athletes bring laurels”.

On the occasion Mr Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, India Olympic Association said The“ Youth Olympic

Games is a good platform for athletes to familiarise with the Olympic Values and the Olympic environment at an earlier stage than the Olympics.Iurge our young Team India to see the Games as a medium for sporting and cultural exchange whilst giving their best performances. In run-­‐up to the Tokyo

2020 Olympic Games, we are happy to extend similar support and services of experts for the benefit of athletes.”