Indonesian student M. Farid Husen, 18, was named the winner of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) medal design competition for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Buenos Aires 2018.
Beating nearly 300 entries from more than 50 countries, Farid was reportedly the youngest participant of the competition since it was first held in 2010.
"Muhamad's design really touched my heart as an athlete. The most important thing is to celebrate after winning, and there’s nothing better than celebrating with fireworks. It's also amazing that the winner is the same age as the participants in the YOG," said one of the judges, IOC Athletes Commission member and olympian Aya Medany, in a press release.
The student himself said he was honored to be part of the YOG as it was a dream come true for him. "This medal was inspired by fireworks. Fireworks representing the excitement and glory of the Youth Olympic Games, where all nations come together as one to participate and celebrate. Fireworks fly up into the sky, reflecting how young athletes achieve their dreams."
Following the accomplishment, Farid will have the opportunity to attend the YOG Buenos Aires 2018 on Oct. 1 to 6, including the opening ceremony, as well as receive his own set of medals and a tablet.
Other winners of the competition were second runner-up 20-year-old Patrick Nair from the United States, and third runner-up 28-year-old Damien Perrin from Switzerland. (kes)