Nanjing 2014 and Lillehammer 2016 well on track for successful summer and winter Youth Olympic Games
Youth Olympic Games hosts Nanjing and Lillehammer today presented their progress reports to the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, the city elected to host the third Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2018 at the Extraordinary IOC Session held in July this year.
With less than one year to go to the second Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, preparations are well on track for “an excellent and successful” event. This message was delivered by the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC), and it was explained that the success of the recent Asian Youth Games held in the city, where Nanjing’s venues, facilities and Games-operations were fully tested, had “paved the way” for memorable YOG next year.
All existing and new venues, including the Youth Olympic Village, are on schedule for renovation or completion by April 2014, with the green and low-carbon concept at the core of all projects. Communication with all key stakeholders has been established; NYOGOC has successfully unveiled its mascot, NANJINGLELE, to the world and launched a new website; and two successful Youth Olympic Culture Festivals have helped NYOGOC develop an innovative Culture and Education Programme.
Moving forward, NYOGOC will concentrate on fine-tuning its operational structure to ensure “simple yet efficient organisation” and using key opportunities, such as the Torch Relay, to spread the YOG spirit to the world and let everyone know that a warm welcome awaits in Nanjing.
The Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games will be an “impactful” event “for the youth, by the youth”, promised the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (LYOGOC) in its presentation to the 125th IOC Session. LYOGOC has already begun working with young people on a number of areas, including the “Look of the Games” and the sustainability strategy, demonstrating its strong commitment to this promise.
During this important stage, as LYOGOC heads towards completion of the foundation phase, the vision, mission and ambition for the 2016 YOG have also really taken shape. LYOGOC talks about delivering “one of the most impactful youth events for 2016” based on its core values: “playful and determined”, “awesome and humble”, while its vision to “Go beyond, create tomorrow” is very much in line with the IOC vision of the YOG.