The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a major international multi-sport event, which aims to bring together talented young athletes between the age of 15 and 18 from all over the world. The games are held every four years in summers and winters staggered according to the current format of the Olympic Games, albeit in reverse order with the Winter Games being held on leap years rather than the Summer Games.
Austria's Johann Rosenzopf presented the idea for such an event in 1998. On July 6, 2007, members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the creation of a youth version of the Olympic Games, intending to share the costs of hosting the event between the IOC and the host city, while the IOC to bear the travel costs of the athletes and coaches. These Games also includes cultural exchange programs and opportunities for participants to meet Olympians. The first summer edition of YOG was held in Singapore from 14 to 26 August 2010, and the first YOG winter edition was held in Innsbruck, Austria, from 13 to 22 January 2012.
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