No matter how much we hate to admit it, gender gap and bias have been existent since the existence of humankind. However, we have come a long way and few instances tell us that a positive change its on its way; and slowly but steadily we are progressing towards it.
In a welcome move, 2018 Summer Youth Olympics, which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has consciously decided to have 1,999 men and 1,999 women athletes compete in the games. This is the first time ever that equal number of men and women athletes will be participating in the mega event.
— IOC MEDIA (@iocmedia) March 8, 2018
Youth Olympics will be held from October 6 to October 18. The main events where India will be participating are archery, boxing, rowing and shooting.
In 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which was held in Nanjing, China, 302 countries participated. There were total 3,579 athletes who competed in the mega event. The event was held from August 16 to August 28. India, which had won 8 medals in the 2010 Olympic Games, managed to grab only 2 medals in 2014 season. Weightlifter Venkat Rahul Ragala won silver in the 77kgs category and archer Atul Verma grabbed bronze in the Boy’s individual category.
India is hopeful to see more numbers in the medal tally this year. Indian shooters Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Bhaker have always sealed their spots in the 2018 mega event.