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Date: 10/6/2017

One year from today, on 6 October 2018, the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires will begin. The 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be the third edition of the event, following the maiden YOG in Singapore in 2010 and the second in Nanjing in 2014. It is the first time the YOG have been held in South America, and it will also be the first time beach handball is played at an Olympic event.

At the previous YOG, indoor handball was part of the programme. Egypt claimed the men’s gold medal and Denmark the women’s at Singapore 2010, while Slovenia won the men’s title in 2014 and South Korea celebrated the women’s trophy. The inclusion of beach handball at the 2018 YOG is in line with the IHF goal of seeing both handball disciplines, beach and indoor, on the agenda at the IOC Executive Committee meeting in 2020 and subsequently on the Olympic programme at the 2024 Games.

“It will first strengthen the position of the International Handball Federation as we will have two disciplines in the Summer Olympic Games. It will also have a very positive effect on the popularity of handball as a modern sport. It will additionally influence the number of players, coaches and referees worldwide and will add huge value to the modern image of our sport,” says IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa of the motivation for the inclusion of beach and indoor handball at the Olympic Games.

The focus at the 2018 YOG is on highlighting innovative sports and increasing gender balance. Beach handball will therefore appear alongside sports such as kiteboarding and BMX freestyle.

In each gender, 12 nations will vie for the beach handball titles.

The 2018 YOG will run from 6-18 October 2018. For more information visit www.buenosaires2018.com.