IOC President makes first official visit to Nanjing ahead of the Youth Olympic Games in 2014
Newly elected IOC President Thomas Bach made his first official visit to Nanjing, China, to check on the progress made by the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) and to offer encouragement as it enters the final few months of preparations.
After meeting Luo Zhijun, Secretary of CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee, Li Xueyong, Governor of Jiangsu Province and Yang Shu’an, Vice Minister of the General Administration of Sport in China, the president visited the organising committee’s headquarters, where he was introduced to young staff members who conducted a tour of the facility and surrounding riverside park with him.
Joined by an IOC delegation including Coordination Commission Chairman Alexander Popov, the President was given a full progress report by Yang Weize, NYOGOC Executive President who outlined the final preparations and milestones to complete over the next eight months as the Organising Committee enters its games-time readiness phase.
The IOC President was also offered a venue tour of the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, venue of the Opening Ceremony, and the newly constructed Youth Olympic Village where he was given an overview of the athletes’ rooms, the environmentally friendly construction elements and legacy aspects of the village.
President Bach said, ‘Nanjing is a vibrant city and will be play a fantastic host next summer to the 3,800 athletes from around the world. The Organising Committee has a passionate young team dedicated to deliver a spectacular Youth Olympic Games in 2014.’
On visiting the Youth Olympic Village the President reminisced that the Village 'brought back memories' of his time as an athlete.
©NYOGOC - IOC President Thomas Bach tours Nanjing 2014’s Youth Olympic Village during his official visit to the city.