The International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, welcomed the “impressive progress” made with preparations for the second Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014, following his official visit to Chinese host city Nanjing.
During his visit, President Rogge met Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) staff, volunteers and junior consultants. In addition, President Rogge held meetings with senior executives of NYOGOC, including Mr Luo Zhijun, General Secretary of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee and Honorary President of NYOGOC, and Mr Li Xueyong, President of NYOGOC and Governor of Jiangsu Province.
A tour was also arranged for President Rogge to the Youth Olympic Village, where he saw a model of one of the rooms where more than 4,000 athletes and visiting team officials will stay during the Games. The construction of the Youth Olympic Village (YOV), which is currently well ahead of schedule, will be conducted in an environmentally friendly way. After the YOG, it will become a neighbourhood which will include apartments, a school and a kindergarten.
After his official visit, President Rogge, who held a press conference with NYOGOC Executive President Mr Yang Weitze, said: “Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the talented NYOGOC team, impressive progress has been made. I am in absolutely no doubt that the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games will be a great success and inspire young people from the city, nation and around the world to become more active in sport.”
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About The 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games
The 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games will take place in Nanjing in August 2014 and will bring together more than 3,800 young athletes from more than 200 countries and regions. Following the 28 sports on the Olympic programme, athletes will take part in high-level competition, and off the field of play they will have access to a series of cultural and educational activities.