Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event organised by the international Olympic Committee every four Years. The First edition of Summer Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore from 14 August to 26 August 2010 while the first Winter Youth Olympic Games was held in Innsbruck, Austria from 13 to 22 January 2012. The age limit for participation in these Games is 14 to 18 years. The original idea for such an event was introduced by an Austrian industrial manager Mr Johann Rosenzopf in 1998. The concept was in response to the growing global concerns about childhood obesity and low levels of participation of youth in sporting activities.
The initial response of IOC to holding of a purely sporting event for Youth was negative. It was decided to include Cultural and Education program as part of games. Mr Jacques Rogge,the then IOC President ,formally ratified the plans for Youth Olympic Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 06 July 2007. Singapore was chosen to host the First Summer Edition on 21 February 2008. The scond edition was held in Nanjing China in 2014 .
2018 Youth Olympic Games – Buenos Aires -India 3 Golds ,7 Silver
3rd Youth Olympics are currently being held in Buenos Aires ,Argentina.Manu Bhaker India’s ace shooter was the Flag Bearer for India at the Games.
India has won three Gold Medals and Seven Silver Medals on First Ten days of the Games.Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams win Silver at Youth Olympics.
Stamps on Youth Olympic Games .
Pakistan issued a stamp to commemorate the First Youth Olympic Games held in Saingapore. The Stamp was released on 14 August 2010. The stamp features logo of Games and athletes in action . A First Day Cover with stamp and First Day of Issue Cancellation of Karachi Philatelic Bureau is listed.
Singapore issued a set of Four stamps on 14 Aug 2010 to honour these Games. The stamps feature Lyo and Merly , official mascots for these Games.Lyo is a red male Lion while Merly is a blue female Merlion.