POSTED: July 18th 2014

Nanjing 2014 Torch reaches space, China's first deep-sea submarine

Screen shot of the app / Nanjing 2014
Screen shot of the app / Nanjing 2014

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) People around the world will get the chance to be an Olympic Torchbearer this year ahead of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with the Virtual Torch Relay app.

Available on Android and Apple devices, the application has already had more than 42,000,000 applicants who have registered to “carry” the flame, which was lit 30 April in Athens, Greece. The flame will pass through 204 countries before finishing its journey at the Opening Ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games 16 Aug.

“It is an innovative and fun way to relay the Olympic torch,” Su Nin, director of the Nanjing municipal government publicity office told China Daily. “It is also an economical way to hold the relay.”

The torch was sent virtually to the Chang’e-2 lunar probe 19 June after the suggestion of 14-year-old student Xu Guanglan and his classmates, while the torch traveled to the South Pole and Jiaolong, China’s first manned deep-sea submarine.

“We observed the whole process at the air station in Beijing, and we were excited to see the torch ‘travel’ into space,” Xu said.

Nanjing Youth Olympic games Organising Committee Communication and Public Relations Department Manager Wu Nan said 30 percent of registered torchbearers hailed from outside of China. The Virtual Torch Relay also aligns with the central governments “eight-point” frugality rules, Nanjing Mayor Miu Ruilin said.

“The Youth Olympic Games keep the legacy of all athletes who have gone before them alive and burning bright, like the Olympic flame itself,” South Ayrshire, Scotland provost Helen Moonie said in support of the YOG and Virtual Torch Relay. “We might not all dream of being an Olympian, but through the Games we can share the journey and the excitement.”

More than 3,800 young athletes will compete at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games 16-28 Aug. in 28 events.

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