Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 28, 2012: The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Bid Committee has today confirmed that, ahead of next month’s deadline to submit its YOG Candidate File to the International Olympic Committee, the President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has signed all required Head of State guarantees.

The guarantees signed by President Kirchner commit Argentina to take all necessary steps to ensure the successful organisation of the YOG 2018, to comply with all IOC regulations including the Olympic Charter, to protect all Olympic symbols and to guarantee that all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the safety and peaceful celebration of the YOG 2018, should the IOC appoint Buenos Aires as Host City of the YOG 2018.

Gerardo Werthein, President of the Argentine Olympic Committee, said: “This is a major milestone for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games bid. The fact that President Kirchner has signed the required Head of State guarantees ahead of the submission of our Candidate File to the International Olympic Committee next month demonstrates the significant political support and commitment that exists for the Buenos Aires bid.”

Mauricio Macri, Head of Government of Buenos Aires City, said: “We have received support from the National Government as part of the process all the Buenos Aires partners have undertaken to put together what we hope will prove a compelling Candidate File to host the YOG 2018. We look forward to submitting our Candidate File mid-October and demonstrating how we can host wonderful Games and help the Olympic Movement connect with millions of new, young hearts and minds in Argentina and across South America.”