Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) or also known as the Youth Olympics, this year enters its third year of implementation, this time held in Buenos Aires Argentina.
Indonesian contingents themselves participated in these three Olympic Youth Events Singapore (2010), Nanjin China (2014) and Bueons Aires Argentina (2018). Although Indonesia’s team’s achievements have not been maximized, but the biggest youth sports event in the world continues to be intensely followed by Indonesia, what is the reason? As reported by the official Olympic website, YOG is a sports event for teenagers around the world from the age of 15-18 years. The Youth Olympiad itself is divided into two, namely for the summer (followed by Team Indonesia) and winter. Both events are bi-annual.
In addition to focus on sports, by adopting sports that are competed in the Olympics, YOG is also positioned by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) as a cultural and educational exchange event (CEP) based on five basic elements, such are olympics, skills development, youth expression, and healthy lifestyle.
Reporting from detiksport.com, Chairman of the Indonesian Contingent (Chief de Mission) Youth Olympic Games 2018, Dito Ariotedjo explained that this event is very important for the development of athletes from junior level to senior. At least this has been seen from one of YOG 2018 alumni, Antoni Sinisuka Ginting, who is now starting to become a mainstay of the Indonesian National Team in badminton sports.
“Competition at the junior level is very tight. It will be very important for them to get valuable experience, before going to senior level. At least Antoni (Ginting) has also proven it, “said Dito.
Related to what athletes can get apart from experience. In accordance with YOG’s mission in education, the Government and the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) will also provide educational scholarships to all athletes competing.
“All athletes will have gold savings bonuses and education scholarships. This is a provision in the future, “closed Dito.