Nanjing, People's Republic of China, has been awarded the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
Nanjing beat Poznan, Poland, to be the host of the YOG`s second Summer Games. International Olympic Committee (IOC) members voted 42 to 47 in favour of Nanjing after the two competing cities presented their host bid during the 122nd IOC Session in Vancouver.
“It`s a big honour and a big opportunity for us to be a part of the Olympic development,” said Yang Yang, a Nanjing delegation member and Olympic medallist. “It`s also an opportunity for us to deliver our culture and to combine it with Olympism to deliver our legacy.”
About 3,600 young athletes aged 15 to 18 will be competing in 26 sports during the YOG in Nanjing.
“Now we have the responsibility to do a good job,“ Yang said about their next move. “So now we have to move forwards in getting the Organising Committee to make sure we do our best.“
Bettina Kuperman from the Poznan delegation said Poznan had chosen to convey a different message, with its bid by highlighting the multimedia aspect of the Games.
Their presentation focused on the active involvement of today’s youth on the internet and how its Games could combine sport with internet elements.
“We’ve been working really hard on this, so of course we’re disappointed,” Kuperman said about the IOC’s decision. “It’ll be great Games in China, but we would have loved to have the Games in our country this time.”
Singapore will be hosting the first ever YOG this summer, and its organisers are feeling the pressure of being a host city role model.
“It’s always very challenging, especially when we had only two-and–a-half years to do it,” said Singapore YOG Organising Committee Chairman Ser Miang Ng. “Nanjing will have four years, so they have a year and a half more, so things will have already been experimented and tried out.”
The Singapore YOG will be held from 14 to 26 August.
By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG Reporter