In its latest Google doodle, the American multinational technology company, celebrates the start of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Beunos Aires, Argentina. The sporting event is slated to get underway on 6th October.
With over 200 athletes from around the world participating at this years event, the Games marks the stepping stone of every athlete's road to success before they go on to achieve bigger things in life.
In what will be the first time that the Summer Youth Olympics will be held outside Asia, in another first the Games will be making debut outside Europe and Asia. The previous two summer editions were held in Singapore (2010) and Nanjing, China (2014).
The doodle portrays an animated bird, who can be seen participating in various events like swimming, weightlifting, and gymnastics. The continental showpieces sees sports like kiteboarding, BMX freestyle park making its debut, as well as new version of handball that’s played on the beach. Football has been axed from this year's event, in favor of Futsal - game that is played on a hard surface with lesser players.
The mascot of this year's Youth Games is ‘Pandi’ - a teenager jaguar who is said to be a fervent lover of sports and a native of Argentina. Interestingly, the medals which will be handed out to the winners has been designed by an 18-year-old artist Muhamad Farid Husen from Indonesia.
In what will be proud moment for the country, a 16-year-old sports star from Haryana, Manu Bhaker has been declared India's flag-bearer in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Manu Bhaker, who is the one of the country's hot medal prospects at the upcoming games, will be leading the Indian contingent which comprises of 68 members of which 46 are athletes. India will be competing against the teams from around the world in 13 different sports categories.
This is the largest number of participants from the Indian contingent ever at the Games, consisting of 18 people in hockey (9 players each of men and women team), 4 in shooting, 4 in recurve archery, 2 in wrestling, 2 in badminton and 2 in swimming, among others.