Lausanne, Switzerland, 4th July 2013: The International Olympic Committee [IOC] today made the historic decision to award the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.

Following four bids for the Olympic Games, today’s vote by the IOC is a landmark moment for Buenos Aires, South America and the Olympic Movement.

Buenos Aires was announced as the 2018 YOG Host City by IOC President Jacques Rogge following the vote at the IOC Extraordinary Session in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Gerardo Werthein, President of the Argentine Olympic Committee and IOC Member, said:

“I am absolutely thrilled that the IOC has awarded the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Buenos Aires.

“I would like to express my thanks to President Rogge and all the Members of the IOC who have placed their trust in us and we will not let them down.

“We feel this is the right time for Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Olympic Movement to join together and advance the cause of Olympism among young people across the globe.

“Buenos Aires believes in the Youth Olympic Games, its values and principles, and the inspirational energy of sport to empower the youth. We are honoured to be chosen as host for the YOG in 2018 because we want the event to thrive and grow in the exciting years ahead.”

Mauricio Macri, Mayor of Buenos Aires City, said:

“On behalf of everyone involved with this bid and all citizens of Buenos Aires, I want to say thank you to the IOC. We are absolutely delighted that our city has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

“Over many years, we have been listening and learning and improving the infrastructure in our city – we now look forward to welcoming young athletes from around the globe to enjoy Buenos Aires’ rich and diverse culture and our wonderful sports venues.

“We will now ensure that our hard work continues to create an amazing Youth Olympic Games experience for everyone. The whole world is welcome to join our celebration of sport, education and culture in Buenos Aires in 2018.”