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Athens, July 24, 2018. – The torch aimed at the Youth Olympic Games, which will take place from 6 to 22 October 2018 in Buenos Aires (Argentina), was traditionally lit in the Greek Olympia by girls dressed as the ancient priestesses in the ceremony of using parabolic mirrors and sun rays.

During the two-month voyage, the torch will cross 14,000 kilometers, spreading the ideas of Olympism and values based on it. The ceremony at the Herin temple in Greek Olympia lasted shorter than usual, because unfortunately, there are huge fires in the country with dozens of human victims.

The third edition of Youth Olympic Games (after Singapore in 2010 and Chinese Nanjing in 2014) will remain historic for equal gender representation of female and male athletes – 1999 each in a total of 3998 participants from 206 countries. The number of Croatian young female and male athletes who will travel to Buenos Aires will be known in a week when qualifying competitions for the Youth Olympics will be finished. (coc/vk)