The International Judo Federation welcomed 350 athletes and coaches from over 70 countries to a youth training camp in Fiesch, Switzerland, from 20 to 26 July to get ready for Nanjing 2014, which will start on 16 August.
The annual camp focused on the upcoming Nanjing 2014 YOG, helping many athletes to hone their skills and meet the upcoming competition and to give them more info on the fun workshops that will take place off the field of play. The camp was led by Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Sergei Aschwanden (SUI), who shared his vast knowledge and experience with the young athletes.
Accompanying the athletes were 70 coaches, also benefiting from the camp.
"This is a fantastic place to be. Seeing them in the evenings having a good time, laughing and sharing their experiences is incredible. They are already friends now and it will help the development of judo," Sergei pointed out.
There were smiles all round as Olympic champions were also present to pass on advice ahead of Nanjing 2014. What better way to prepare for the Youth Olympic Games than to learn from the best!
Amongst the participants was Olympic Solidarity-backed athlete Francesco Aufieri (MLT), who will be competing in Nanjing.