The 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games begin today, on October 6, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will see thousands of athletes aged between 15 and 18 from over 200 countries compete in various categories. To mark the beginning of the games, Google has dedicated a special doodle on its homepage.
The Google Doodle is an animated GIF which sees a young bird compete in different sporting events such as swimming, gymnastics, weightlifting, and more. This year, three more games will debut at the Youth Olympics – kiteboarding, BMX freestyle park and a new version of handball, something that is usually played on the beach. Also, football is out, and replaced by futsal – an indoor game that is played on a smaller hard court which involves less number of players.
The previous two summer events were held in Singapore (2010), and Nanjing, China (2014). 2018 also marks the first time when Summer Youth Olympic Games are being held outside of Asia. It is also the first youth game for either winter or summer, which is being held outside Eurasia. South Sudan and Kosovo are also making their debut at the Youth Olympics this year.
According to a report on TheIndianExpress, 47 athletes will be representing India, and will be participating in 13 sports. This includes Manu Bhaker, ISSF sensor and junior world cup champion, Mehuli Ghosh, the Commonwealth Games medallist shooter, and Jyoti Gulia world youth boxing champion. The games will also see Jeremy Lalrinunga, the world youth silver medallist in weightlifting participate in the event.