The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) today unveiled its official mascot: “NANJINGLELE”.
NANJINGLELE is inspired by a unique natural feature of the host city known as the “Rain-Flower Pebble” (also translated as “Riverstone”). The design of the mascot takes the typical shape and appearance of this stone but in a creative and artistic way, highlighting the colours from the emblem’s palette. The word ‘lele’ represents the sound of stones colliding together and is pronounced like the Chinese word meaning happiness or joy.
NYOGOC unveiled the official mascot at a grand ceremony held at the Nanjing Olympic Centre, one of the main competition venues for the upcoming Games. More than 4,000 people, including students, locals, government officials and sponsor representatives, attended the ceremony. The mascot was co-unveiled by Olympic Chinese champions Sun Yang (swimming), Huang Xu (artistic gymnastics) and Wu Jingyu (taekwondo), official dignitaries and a group of young people who are working with NYOGOC as advisors.
NANJINGLELE was chosen following a nationwide mascot design competition launched by NYOGOC earlier this year. More than 1.2 million students from more than 900 colleges across China participated in the competition.
In a congratulatory letter sent to NYOGOC and read out during the ceremony, International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said: “The design of NANJINGLELE is truly inspiring and will certainly capture the attention of the world’s youth and older generations alike. Not only does it incorporate aspects of the host city’s majestic local stone, the Riverstone, but it is bright and vibrant and sets the tone for a fun, colourful and energetic 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. Competing in the 28 sports on the Olympic programme, athletes will take part in high-level competition and off the field of play will be able to take part in a series of cultural and educational activities.