The Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) featured over 3,500 athletes aged between 15 and 18 years old competing in 28 sports including shooting, wrestling and fencing.
Basketball was played as a 3-on-3 game. Field hockey had a 7-side format. There wass also an ice hockey skills challenge with additional mixed gender events unique to the YOG. Golf and rugby sevens was included for the first time in the Olympic roster ahead of their debut in Rio 2016.
Over the course of 12 days more than 130 nations including Jordan, Colombia and Luxemborg were represented. The host country led in the table of athletic entrants followed by South Korea.
This is the second Summer YOG with the first taking place in 2010 in Singapore having first been established in 2007. The third Summer YOG will be in Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2018.
Culture and Education
It is the only elite youth sporting event with a cultural and education program (CEP). Promoting values such as creativity and self-awareness to young people. Embodied in the official slogan of “Share the Games, Share our Dreams”.
The five themes of the program are: the benefits of sports and healthy lifestyles, social responsibility, skills development, expression and the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect (Olympism).
The CEP extends beyond sports with young athletes taking part in “learn and share” sessions where topics covered include: career management, anti-doping, nutrition and team-building.
The non-athlete participants are an integral part of the YOG.
Athlete Role Models
More than 40 previous Olympians and World Champions attended the YOG to mentor young participants. They offered support and advice through “Chats with Champions” informal talks and workshops.
The YOG were promoted by 104 ambassadors from across the globe aged between 18 and 25 - athletes, coaches, students and young professionals. They encouraged their peers to take part in activities demonstrating Olympism while sharing their experiences through social media.
Reporters aged between 18 and 24 took part in a cross-platform journalist-training program gaining on-the-job experience working alongside professionals.
Local students benefited from the YOG with a school and college program encouraging participation. Students were provided with the opportunity to try Olympic sports like hockey.
One non-athlete participant who symbolized the entire games was the brightly coloured mascot Nanjinglele, shaped like riverstones which are natural feature of the region. The name “lele” sounds like the Chinese word for happiness.
Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre
The focus was on the complex based in Hexi New City on the Yangtze River. It has a holding capacity of more than 60,000 with a stadium, arena, gymnasium, natatorium, media centre and tennis centre all near each other.
The main stadium with its two distinctive red arches was the focus for the opening and closing ceremonies. It also hosted 37 athletics events between 20 to 26 August with more than 600 competitors vying for medals.
Aquatics were held in the natatorium, based in the northeastern part of the stadium. Swimming events took place between 17 to 22 August with approximately 400 young athletes taking part. It was followed by diving which took place between 23 to 27 August, as 48 divers took part in five events.
Gymnastics, beach volleyball, cycling, field hockey and rugby also took place in the complex. The modern pentathlon events took place both here and at Nanjing International Expo Centre.
Wutaishan Sports Centre
Based in the centre of Nanjing the Wutaishan Sports Centre was home to the basketball events between 18 and 26 August. It also hosted table tennis between 17 to 23 August.
The football events took place both here and at the Jiangning Sports Centre between 14 to 27 August.
Nanjing International Expo Centre
Boxing, fencing, taekwondo and weightlifting were based in this landmark venue which is in the centre of Hexi New City.
The modern pentathlon events took place both here and at Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.
The Nanjing International Expo Centre is located opposite the business district. It’s approximately 30 minutes away from LuKou International Airport Expressway, Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway and Xinshengwei 10-thousand-ton Port.
Fangshan Sports Training Base
The training base located in the south east of the Nanjing City. It hosted mens, womens and mixed events for archery and shooting. The shooting events came first, from 17 to 22 August, followed by archery held between 20 to 26 August.
The lake is located in the central north-east part of Nanjing it hosted rowing from 17 to 20 August. The triathlon events took place simultaneously from 17 to 21 August as 64 young athletes competed for gold.
Jiangning Sports Centre
The multi-purpose sports complex is based in the southeast of Nanjing. It hosted the football events between 14 to 27 August, with matches also taking place Wutaishan Sports Centre as 216 athletes competed to score a goal. Handball was also hosted here between 20 to 25 August.
The next generation of athletic and media stars came to the stage at the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games to “Share the Games, Share our Dreams”.
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