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See you in Nanjing in 2014
©Nanjing 2014

10/02/2010

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

Discover the best photos of Nanjing 2014

  • Lu Shao-Chuan (R) of Chinese Taipei and Viktoriya Sukhorukova of Ukraine after the 10m Air Rifle Mixed

    Nanjing 2014 - Lu Shao-Chuan (R) of Chinese Taipei and Viktoriya Sukhorukova of Ukraine celebrate after the 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Teams Competition at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, August 22, 2014. They won the bronze.

  • Medalists of Men's Trampoline

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Dylan Schmidt (C) of New Zealand, silver medalist Liu Changxin (L) of People's Republic of China and bronze medalist Pedro Ribeiro Ferreira of Portugal on the podium during the awarding ceremony of men's trampoline gymnastic final event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 22, 2014.

  • Istvan Peni (R) of Hungary and Hadir Mekhimar of Egypt in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed

    Nanjing 2014 - Istvan Peni (R) of Hungary and Hadir Mekhimar of Egypt compete during the 10m Air Rifle Mixed International Teams Competition at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, August 22, 2014. They won the gold.

  • Dylan Schmidt of New Zealand in the Men's Trampoline

    Nanjing 2014 - Dylan Schmidt of New Zealand competes during the men's trampoline gymnastic final event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 22, 2014. Schmidt won the gold medal.

  • Medalists of the Women's Shoot-out

    "Nanjing 2014 - Lucia Togores Carpintero from Spain wins the gold medal, Micunovic Ela from Slovenia wins the sliver medal and Samuelson Katie Lou wins the bronze medal, Wutaishan Basketball Venue, 21 August 2014. "

  • Bronze medalist Katie Lou Samuelson of the USA in the women's shoot-out

    Nanjing 2014 - Bronze medalist Katie Lou Samuelson of the United States of America competes during women's shoot-out contest final of basketball at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, Aug. 21, 2014.

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