POSTED: August 28th 2014
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Bach praises flawless organisation of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach waves the Olympic Flag during the closing ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Xinhua/Han Yuqin
The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach waves the Olympic Flag during the closing ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games - Xinhua/Han Yuqin

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Twelve days of high-level sport featuring 3,800 athletes between the ages of 16 and 18 ended Thursday at the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games Closing Ceremony at the Olympics Sports Centre Stadium.

Rugby Sevens and golf, new entries to the Games Programme, debuted at Nanjing 2014, while hockey 5s, the 8x100-metre relay, and the basketball skills contest were also introduced.

“These have been the Youth Olympic Games of innovation,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach – who encouraged the young athletes to take “selfies” during their time in China – said.

“In the Olympic spirit,” Bach told the athletes during the Closing Ceremony, “greet and thank the person next to you and take their picture. Share this token of friendship with the world and post it with the hashtag Nanjing 2014.”

Visitors to the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games were able to participate in roller sports, skateboarding, sport climbing, and wushu at the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab, which the International Olympic Committee is considering creating for future editions of the Youth Olympic Games.

More than 400 million people supported the #YOGSelfie campaign before the end of the first day of the Youth Olympic Games, with 56 million submitted in the host country. Athletes were also given a device, called YOGGER, to share contact information with ease.

The Youth Olympic Games’ Culture and Education Programme was raised to the next level, as 104 Youth Ambassadors supported the participating nations’ delegations, 38 Athlete Role Models mentored the athletes, and 35 Young Reporters covered the Games from Nanjing. Through their respective roles, the students learned the meaning of the Olympic Values and what it means to behave responsibly in social situations.

Bach hailed the overall production of the Games by the Chinese hosts. Helping the successful organising of the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games was the availability of infrastructure from the legacies of the 2005 Chinese National Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

“The organisation of these Games was perfectly flawless,” Bach said. “I would like to thank all our Chinese hosts. With your already world-famous efficiency and with your overwhelming friendliness you have made all of us feel at home here in Nanjing, in this great ancient city, in this modern and dynamic city of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province.”


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