POSTED: August 18th 2014

Nanjing 2014 kicked off with record-breaking selfie with IOC President Bach

IOC President Thomas Bach takes a selfie with athletes at the Opening Ceremony / IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach takes a selfie with athletes at the Opening Ceremony / IOC

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach gave a moving speech to 3,800 athletes and fans around the world at the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony Saturday.

Bach asked for the athletes in the stadium to share “selfies” at the Ceremony, which welcomed People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and International Olympic Committee Honorary President Jacques Rogge to the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.

“Dear young athletes, these are your Games,” Bach said during his speech. “This is your moment. So, young athletes, please join me: Let us all capture it – so get your smart phones out and let’s set a record for selfies.

“By sending this selfie . . . you are sending a strong message around the world. You are showing your passion for sport and for fair competition. You are demonstrating that Olympic sport reaches beyond competition. It is also about sharing, learning, and making friends across our globe.”

Moroccan Equestrian athlete Lilia Maamar, Jamaican Athletics competitor Jaheel Hyde, Chinese basketball player Dilixiati Dilana, Serbian tennis player Ivana Jorovic, and New Zealand swimmer Gabrielle Fa’amausili all posted selfies – tagged with #YOGselfie on social media channels – with Bach on stage during his speech.

Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony Executive Director Chen Weiya produced the Nanjing 2014 Opening Ceremony, which highlighted Nanjing and Chinese history and sights, including the Purple Mountain Observatory and Yunjin brocade. Four thousand performers were involved in the production. 

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