Youth Olympic Games

Frequency: Every four years, two years after the Olympic Games

Last edition: Nanjing 2014

Next edition: Buenos Aires 2018

Number of shooting sport events: 6 events in two disciplines: four individual and two team ones

Athletes at the last edition: 80 athletes from 57 NOCs

The Youth Olympic Games

The Youth Olympic Games are organized every four years, two years after the Olympic Games. Athletes aged between 15 and 18 years only will be eligible to participate in the competition.

Also, only athletes who have obtained the Minimum Qualification Score can compete at the Youth Olympic Games.

Shooting events at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

There are six shooting sport events in the program of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games:

    • 10m Air Rifle Boys
    • 10m Air Pistol Boys
    • 10m Air Pistol Mixed Teams
    • 10m Air Rifle Girls
    • 10m Air Pistol Girls
    • 10m Air Rifle Mixed Teams

Two types of air guns are used: rifle and pistol.


Individual events: Shots are fired at a ten-ring target. In the qualification, men and women have to fire 60 shots in 75 minutes. Final consists of two five-shot series to be fired in 250 seconds. They are followed by 14 single shots each fired on command in a time of 50 seconds.

Eliminations of the lowest scoring finalists begin after the 12 shots and continue after every two shots until the gold and silver medals are decided. There is a total of 24 shots in the final.


Team events: Teams are composed of two athletes, one male and one female, based on their final rankings in the individual events. Team events consist of a qualification, followed by additional elimination-rounds — from the round of 16 until the gold medal match. The team that reaches 10 points wins the match.

Quota Places at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

80 total quota places have been made available for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games:

  • 54 will be awarded at selected international competitions
  • 24 will be awarded by the IOC
  • 2 are granted to the host country


Quotas will be evenly split, both between men and women and also between events: in fact, 20 slots will be distributed for each one.

A quota place corresponds to one starting position at the Youth Olympic Games, and the shooter who gains a quota place, grants a starting position for his or her country. A single athlete can only win one quota place.

Each National Olympic Committee can enter a maximum of four athletes, one per event. 

As the host country, Argentina is given a spot to compete in the following events: 10m Air Pistol Boys and 10m Air Rifle Girls, however they declined to compete in air pistol.

The twenty-four additional quotas were supposed to be assigned by the Tripartite Commission. However, only five were allocated and the remaining will be given out as wild cards. The remaining 54 places were delivered by qualification events, namely continental qualification tournaments.

To be eligible and participate at the Youth Olympic Games athletes must have been born between January 1st 2000 and December 31st 2003. Furthermore, all shooters must have achieved the Minimum Qualification Score.

Quota Distribution per Continent:

Africa 1 1 1 1 4
America 2 2 2 2 6
Asia 3 4 4 3 14
Europe 6 6 6 6 24
Oceania 1 1 1 1 4
TOTAL 13 14 14 13 54

Minimum Qualification Score for the Youth Olympic Games

Only athletes who have obtained the Minimum Qualification Score can qualify for the Youth Olympic Games, including candidates for universality places. MQS must be achieved at ISSF supervised or designated competitions.

MQS for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games:

10m Air Rifle Boys 552 - 580.0
10m Air Pistol Boys 540
10m Air Rifle Girls 368 - 385.0
10m Air Pistol Girls 355

History of the Youth Olympic Games

It was during its session in Guatemala in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to attract and involve young athletes in the Olympic movement.


The first summer Youth Olympic Games edition took place in 2010, between the 14th and the 26th of August. The inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games was hosted by the city of Singapore, which has won the votes of the 105 IOC members beating Moscow in the final by 53 votes to 44.


Twenty-six sports were involved at Singapore 2010. Shooting — one of the founding sports of the modern Olympic Games — took the challenge of this newborn international sport festival with four events.


The second edition of the Youth Olympic Games took place in Nanjing (CHN) from the 16th to the 28th of August in 2014. The third edition, instead, will be hosted by Buenos Aires (ARG) from the 6th to the 18th of October 2018.


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