Nanjing 2014 embraced by the nation
After just two days at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, it is clear Youth Olympic spirit is strong, bringing people from far and wide to celebrate in the host city.
Attended by the Chinese President Xi Jinping and UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Opening Ceremony was a sold-out event for the host city while across China the festivities were enjoyed by 200m viewers via CCTV, the host broadcaster.
The streets of Nanjing came alive with the cheers of onlookers for the first gold medal won by Australian triathlete Brittany Dutton on day one of competition followed by plenty of noise being created in the swimming, artistic gymnastics and table tennis venues by spectators across the nation.
National pride has already reached new levels by day two, with China’s outstanding performance across all sports resulting in a number of medals.
With all this action in a few short days spectators have been keen to get their hands on tickets across all sports.
Visitors to the YOG have also enjoyed the cultural events on offer, sport initiation programmes where they can try out sports, and the new ‘Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab’ which is open to everyone and sees top athletes in roller sports, skateboarding, sport climbing and wushu in twice daily performances.
The Wanda Plaza in Nanjing has also been welcoming spectators and sharing the YOG experience. From 16:00 – 19:00 daily, sport initiation programmes covering eighteen sports have been taking place. Prominent athletes from around the world have been in attendance and encouraging physical exercise through fun demonstrations in their sports.
For those that cannot attend live in Nanjing, the Games are broadcast live on Olympic.tv, Olympic.org and Youtube.com/Olympics as well as a dedicated mobile TV app. CCTV will provide extensive broadcast and online coverage for Chinese audiences.
A YOG-tastic start to Nanjing 2014!
For tickets go to www.nanjing2014.org