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Nanjing locals get on their bikes to celebrate 300 days to go to next Youth Olympic Games

Nanjing locals get on their bikes to celebrate 300 days to go to next Youth Olympic Games
©Yao Qiang

22/10/2013

Over 10,000 people got on their bicycles on Saturday (19.10.2013) for a mass cycle across Nanjing to mark 300 days to go until the second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The event, aimed at encouraging young people and locals to embrace a healthy and green lifestyle, saw cyclists from 10 different districts of Nanjing ride through some of the city’s most scenic areas, including China’s biggest imperial mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, and its historical Linggu Temple. Even the rain didn’t put off these enthusiastic locals as thousands turned up with their bikes – a daily method of transport in Nanjing – to join the celebration.

According to the oldest rider taking part in the event, Mr Wei Lian, aged 89: “The upcoming Youth Olympic Games is the most important event of Nanjing. As Nanjing citizens, we need to take action to support the YOG by embracing the Olympic spirit and sharing the joy.”

As part of the 300-days-to-go celebrations, the International Olympic Committee also announced that 24-year-old US golf prodigy Michelle Wie would be joining the YOG family as an Ambassador.  Keep up to date with all the latest Nanjing 2014 news on our website, Facebook and Twitter!

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