POSTED: February 10th 2010

Nanjing beats Poznan by just five votes to win IOC vote for 2014 Youth Games

Jacques Rogge: positive moment in Vancouver
Jacques Rogge: positive moment in Vancouver

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/VANCOUVER, Feb 10: The Olympic movement will be heading back to China in 2014 after Nanjing beat Poznan to win host rights to the second summer Youth Olympic Games.

The International Olympic Committee, meeting in Vancouver in its 122nd Session, awarded the Games to Nanjing by 47 votes to 42 for Poznan.

IOC president Jacques Rogge said: “We had two outstanding candidatures from two fantastic cities. Both expressed the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games and both were capable of staging the event. We are looking forward to working with Nanjing, and are confident the Youth Olympic Games in 2014 will be a success.”

Some 3,600 athletes ranging in ages from 15 to 18 are expected to compete in Nanjing in 2014 which will feature competitions in 26 sports.

Rogge, who will soon set up a coordination commission, added: “The preparation period for the second summer edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take four-and-a-half years, which will allow Nanjing to match both the expectations of the IOC and the athletes in producing a programme of sport, culture and education that is of the very highest standard.”

The Youth Olympic Games are an expression of the IOC’s determination to reach out to young people. Far more than merely being about competition, the Games are also a platform on which young people can learn about the Olympic values and the benefits of sport, while sharing their experiences with people from around the globe.

Nanjing became the first Youth Olympic Games host city directly elected in an IOC Session; previously Singapore (2010) and Innsbruck (2012) were selected by IOC members via postal vote.

The Singapore Games, being staged this year between August 14 and 26, will bring together 3,600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from all 205 National Olympic Committees to compete in the 26 sports on the London 2012 programme.

Keywords · Youth Olympic Games · IOC · Rogge · Nanjing · Poznan

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