DIP FIN­ISH

TRACK AND FIELD ATH­LETES FROM BRI­TAIN AREN’T GO­ING TO BUENOS AIRES

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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

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