London - The Italian Youth Olympics are set to return in London for young residents with a connection to Italy. As reported in "La Notizia UK," the event is scheduled for May 25th to 27th, 2024, featuring teams of boys and girls aged 9 to 21. The historic Finchley team, led by Captain Cos Economides, has recently welcomed Marco Carnevale as their new team leader. Carnevale is committed to continuing Finchley's mission of fostering relationships among Italian youth in London through sports.
In preparation for 2024, the team has organized the annual 'Scampagnata' at Villa Scalabrini on July 2nd in collaboration with the Italian Social Club in Finchley. The event includes lunch and the opportunity to participate in the game 'It's a Knockout.'
Recalling the origins of the Italian Youth Olympics (Ogi), they were founded in 1978 by the Italian Club of St. Peter's Church in Clerkenwell. The first games took place in 1980 at Capthall Stadium during the May Bank Holiday, attracting around seven hundred young athletes, who must be members of an Italian club or engaged in studying the Italian language, along with up to five thousand spectators.