TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES FROM BRITAIN AREN’T GOING TO BUENOS AIRES
No British athletes at Youth Olympic Games
YOUNG athletes from 179 countries head to Buenos Aires next month for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, but no British track and field athletes will be there.
British competitors from 20 sports ranging from badminton and boxing to triathlon and taekwondo will be in the Argentinian city to take part, but British Athletics has chosen not to pick a team.
There are 680 allocated places for track and field athletes at the Games, which take place from October 11-16 for youngsters aged 14-18, but GB youth athletes have instead prioritised the European Under-18 Championships, which took place in Gyor in July, while Britain’s junior athletes targeted the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere this summer.
“Buenos Aires 2018 will offer a fantastic opportunity for our team to experience a multisport event for the first time and I’m sure it will act as a great springboard for their own senior Olympic dreams,” said Mahdi Choudhury, Team GB’s Chef de Mission.
The young sports people selected will no doubt enjoy the trip, but the event could potentially have been staged in Glasgow as the Scottish city entered a failed bid for the Games in 2013.
Many of the world’s top teenage sports people are heading to theYouth Olympics