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2018 Youth Olympic Games

This summer the 2018 Youth Olympic Games takes place in Buenos Aeries, Argentina (6-18 October 2018).

It will be the first Summer Youth Olympic Games to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, the first outside of Asia, and the first Youth Games for either summer or winter to be held outside Eurasia. The Youth Olympic Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event for high-performance young athletes, that aims at inspiring athletes to embrace the Olympic values of RESPECT, FRIENDSHIP, AND EXCELLENCE. 

Thirty-two sports will be contested during the games.

Karate is making its debut at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games and Great Britain are in line to have representation and genuine medal potential. Charlotte Hope currently leads the World rankings in the -59kg category with the top 2 ranked athletes on the 1st ..... gaining automatic selection. Athletes not qualified by this method have two further chances at the Olympic qualification event in Croatia where the home countries will have a strong contingent of athletes competing. Any athlete competing at this qualification event has to be registered on the IOC accreditation database before entry will be allowed.

The Youth Olympic Games are now an established part of the IOC’s programme of competition and also an education and cultural element added with all athletes encouraged to participate in the activities outside of competition.

For our young athletes this is possibly their first experience of an international multi-sport event, with all the additional aspects such as major opening and closing ceremonies and being part of a wider TeamGB squad. All this is important for the development of these athletes as karate embarks on its Olympic journey.

The qualification for the Youth Olympics is tough, with just 12 quota places per weight category and quota spots reserved for host nation and qualifiers through university competitions also.

The British Karate Federation (BKF) Youth Olympic Selection policy and criteria can be downloaded here.

The criteria basically states that if an athlete qualifies a quota slot by the IOC / WKF rules then they are eligible for selection.

The BKF are currently in the process of recruiting a Head Coach to lead the Youth Olympic team as part of TeamGB. Consultation with the home country federations is ongoing and when the team size and composition is finalised an announcement will be made.

TeamGB are likely to have competitors in most of the sports being showcased and the leadership team from the BOA will include full medical and media support for the athletes competing.

Further details on the Youth Olympic Games can be found here: https://www.buenosaires2018.com/en/

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