Buenos Aires 2018 Torch Tour starts journey in La Plata
Buenos Aires, August 3. The youth Olympic flame will kick off its trip on August 5 in the city of La Plata, traveling 14,000 kilometers throughout Argentina. For two months it will pass through the hands of many relay runners in a human chain to symbolise the spirit of hope, solidarity, and peace represented by the “sacred flame”.
Just as the tour will highlight Argentina’s geographical and cultural diversity, the relay runners reflect their civil society. Their lives go beyond sport and reflect the Olympic values of respect, friendship, and excellence.
Some are currently active or retired athletes, while others are outstanding community members. There will also be representatives from indigenous populations and cultural and community groups.
The flame will travel through Argentina’s five geographical regions while making stops in 17 cities. It will also visit a variety of iconic touristic sites.
The relay in La Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, will start at 14.00 hrs (local time) in the Plaza Almirante Brown and will cover one kilometer with a music festival at the end.
The Youth Olympic flame, which was lit in Athens on July 24, will be carried by 14 people in La Plata.
Among them will be Federico Gil, Olympic shooting athlete at Rio 2016 and skeet champion at the ISSF World Cup in Cyprus 2017.
Another relay runner will be Lucas Melia, an adapted table tennis gold medallist at the Parapan American Games Sao Paulo 2017.
The relay will also have the participation of Laura Maiztegui, a gold medallist with Las Leonas at Sydney 2000; Argentine athletics champion Agustín Carrera; María Lis García, gold medallist in Basque Pelota at the Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011; and Juan Aude, a player on Argentina’s basketball team for the hearing impaired.
Justo Albarracín, an equestrian athlete with five Olympia awards and two Olympic appearances will participate in the relay, in addition to Ignacio Menday, a player on Argentina’s Los Pumas rugby team.
Ramón Tajes, from the Fundación Baccigalupo and whose life is an example of strength, will also take part in the relay. Following a childhood accident that left him with physical and mental impairments, Tajes embraced sport as part of his recuperation.
The Community Leader of Buenos Aires 2018 programme will be represented by Agustina Boyezuk. Her project, “Witches in the Court”, aims to create an educational space for debate, information sharing and training about gender, diversity and sport.
Carlos Ferrea, the general director of the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA), will participate in the first relay on behalf of the members of the Olympic Family who have supported Buenos Aires 2018 since its candidacy.
Two staff members on the Buenos Aires 2018 Organising Committee and a city of Buenos Aires resident will complete the line-up for the first Torch Tour relay for the third summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games.
About the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 Torch Tour, presented by Toyota and Río Uruguay Seguros
The Buenos Aires 2018 youth Olympic flame was lit on July 24 at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Under the slogan #UnitedByTheFlame, the Torch Tour will cover 14,000 kilometres in two months, carrying Olympism’s message to every corner of Argentina. During its journey there will be relays in 17 cities. It will also highlight various iconic geographical sites in Argentina such as Iguazu Falls and the Perito Moreno Glacier. Its trip will finish on October 6 in the first Olympic opening ceremony outside of tradition stadiums and open to all public in front of the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires.
About the Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international, multi-sport event for young athletes aged 15-18 with an educative and cultural nature that aims to foster the Olympic values in youth.
The event, which takes place every four years (in its two versions, winter and summer, that alternate every two years), is promoted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held from October 6 -18 with the participation of 4012 athletes from 206 countries