"This is an historic moment for the Olympic Movement. We owe this to the youth of the world," declared IOC President Jacques Rogge in a release.
The Youth Olympic Games will bring together approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials for the Summer Games and 1,000 athletes and 580 officials for the Winter Games.
"The Youth Olympic Games will provide a vital bridge to help increase participation by young athletes and to drive performance to better and better levels," said Jim Hrbek, USA Judo Chairman of Junior Athlete Performance. "This is a great innovation and should generate immense excitement among athletes and their families and support groups worldwide."
The first Summer Games is scheduled to be held in 2010 at a location to be named in early 2008.
"What tremendous news for USA Judo and its youth clubs throughout the nation. These Youth Olympics will be organized in the same way that our Summer Olympic Games are which means that it will be up to the National Governing Body of each sport to determine the selection system for the U.S. Team," said USA Judo CEO Jose H. Rodriguez. "We will be convening a meeting of our junior committee under the leadership of Jim Hrbek and our Director of High Performance Eddie Liddie to come up with the best qualifying system for these Youth Olympics. This is going to be a great boost to our youth system in this country, as it will be about growing the grassroots of judo and not about a one-year qualifying system."
To learn more about the program, check out the following video clip where President Rogge shares his hopes for the Youth Olympic Games. All of our club and members will be provided updated information in months to come.
For more information contact Eddie Liddie at Eddie.Liddie@usajudo.us.