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Indonesian teenager wins YOG 2018 medal design competition

01 Feb 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland, January 31, 2018: The winning entry of the IOC's Medal Design Competition for the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 has been chosen. It was submitted by 18-year-old Muhamad Farid Husen from Indonesia and is entitled "Fireworks of Victory". Chosen from close to 300 entries from over 50 nations, from Algeria to Venezuela, the winning design was picked by a panel of judges made up of Young Change-Makers, Young Reporters and IOC Members.

The Indonesian teen said: "It is really an honour for me to be a little part of the Youth Olympic Games. I can't describe my feelings. Being the designer of the medals which will be presented to all the winners at the Youth Olympics is an honour for me. My dream came true."

He said of his design: "This medal was inspired by fireworks. Fireworks represent the excitement and the glory of the Youth Olympic Games where all nations come together as one to participate and celebrate. Fireworks fly to the sky, giving the reflection of how the young athletes are reaching their dreams." 

IOC Member Aya Medany, an Olympian and a competition judge, commented: "Muhamad's design really touched my heart as an athlete. The most important thing is to celebrate after winning - and there is nothing better to celebrate with than fireworks. It's also amazing to have the winner the same age as the participants in the YOG."

Muhamad, the youngest-ever entrant to win the competition since the first edition in 2010, will attend the YOG in Buenos Aires this October and witness first-hand the athletes being awarded medals featuring his design. In addition, he will receive his own set of medals and a Samsung tablet.

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