ZAMBIA’S 400 metres gold medallist Kennedy Luchembe on Saturday served as the country’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games and the 2018 Africa Youth Games world ‘champion’ was announced at games currently taking place in Argentina.
The 3rd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires have got off to a great start. For the first time in the history of the modern Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony was held in the street, with the celebration open to all – and over 200,000 people showed up for the party!
Addressing the young athletes in his speech, IOC president Thomas Bach said: “To get here, each of you trained and competed hard. You gave your best in the sport you love so much. This is why you deserve to be here, at your games. Every athlete is different. We all come from different parts of the world and have different cultures. But we are all united by the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. Guided by these Olympic values, each one of you makes a difference in sport and in life. This experience will stay with you for all your life. We are all assembled here to celebrate you, as the real game-changers.”
The final part of the ceremony saw the Youth Olympic flame being passed between several young Argentinean athletes representing all the other athletes, the #GameChangers, who will be inspiring the public over the next 12 days of competition. The Torch Relay concluded with two legends of Argentinean sport – Paula Pareto and Santiago Lange – who had the honour of lighting the cauldron with the Youth Olympic flame.
The flame moved to the Youth Olympic Park, where it will continue to burn until the end of the Games on October 18.