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Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Mascot Unveiled

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29/11/2012

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. 

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    Nanjing 2014 - Yu Hexin(2nd,L)of China competes during the Men's 50m Freestyle match at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014. Yu Hexin of China won the gold medal.

  • Said Guliyev of Azerbaijan after winning the Men's -73kg Taekwondo

    Nanjing 2014 - Said Guliyev of Azerbaijan celebrates after winning the Men -73kg final match of taekwondo against Hamza Adnan Karim of Germany at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 20, 2014. Said Guliyev won the gold medal.

  • Medalists of Men's 50m Freestyle

    Nanjing 2014 - Victory Ceremony for the Men’s 50 m free style is held at the Natatorium of Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, 20 August 2014

  • Medalists of Men's -73kg Taekwondo

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Said Guliyev(2nd L) of Azerbaijan, silver medalist Hamza Adnan Karim(1st L) of Germany and bronze medalist Danial Salehimehr of Iran(1st R), Seif Eissa of Egypt on the podium during the awarding ceremony of the Men's -73kg taekwondo event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on August 20, 2014.

  • Medalists of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa (C) of Romania, silver medalists Miroslav Jech and Lukas Helesic (L) of Czech Republic and bronze medalists Gokhan Guven and Eren Can Aslan of Turkey on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

  • Gheorghe Robert Dedu and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania of Junior Men's pair final of Rowing

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalists Gheorghe Robert Dedu (L) and Ciprian Tudosa of Romania on the podium during the awarding ceremony of Junior Men's pair final event of rowing at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, on Aug. 20, 2014.

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