The design for the more than 1,200 medals that will be earned by the young athletes during the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games is now complete.

The front was designed by a young Indonesian whose work was selected in a global competition, while the medals’ reverse side was created by a team of graphic designers from the Organising Committee in Buenos Aires.

The medal design was inspired by fireworks, which represent the enthusiasm and glory of the Youth Olympic Games.

Side A of the medal shows bursts of fireworks that run through the five Olympic rings with the inscription: Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

The firework comets are continued on side B, where they merge with one of the shapes that constitutes the visual identity of Buenos Aires 2018. The official name for the Games also appears.

The front of the medal was created by 18-year-old Muhamad Farid Husen. His submission was selected at the end of January from among 300 other proposals submitted from over 50 countries. The winning design was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of members of the International Olympic Committee and its Young Change-Makers and Young Reporters programmes.

The medals’ reverse side was designed by Fermin Igarreta, a 24-year-old Argentine who works on the Organising Committee’s graphic design team.

The medals have a diameter of 80 millimetres (mm). The medal box is 110 mm wide, 160 mm long and 50 mm high.

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international, multi-sport event for young athletes aged 15-18 with an educative and cultural nature that aims to foster the Olympic values in youth.


Above: Sport climbing athlete Sarah Tetzlaff, who has been selected in the New Zealand Youth Olympic Games team

The event, which takes place every four years (in its two versions, winter and summer, that alternate every two years), is promoted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be held from October 6 -18 with the participation of 3998 athletes from 206 countries.

New Zealand expects to send a team of up to 80 athletes to contest the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games. The team Chef de Mission is three time Olympic medallist Barbara Kendall.

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