For The Record

Issue 10 2014

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The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a unique event offering the best young athletes from around the world the opportunity to compete in a high-level multi-sport event, while experiencing new cultures, and making new friends.

Athletes will take part in a programme of workshops and activities that will equip them with the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport and champions in life.

Mixed Events

On the field of play the athletes will participate in mixed NOC and gender events in sports such as diving, swimming, archery and badminton. We will also see the return of golf as an Olympic event and welcome Rugby Sevens ahead of Rio 2016.

Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab

This summer we will also see the introduction of the Nanjing2014 Sports Lab. A hub dedicated to the showcasing of four new sports. The best athletes from the worlds of Skateboarding, Wushu, Sports Climbing and Roller sports will be in Nanjing to show the crowds what they can do and also allow the spectators and athletes to try out these showcased sports. The venue will remain intact after The Games, allowing Nanjing locals to enjoy and practice these sports at their leisure.

Building Olympism

While off the field of play, the athletes will take part in a unique programme of activities and workshops, featuring sessions on healthy eating, injury prevention, anti-doping, careers in sport and media training. Additionally, the IOC will be promoting its Play Fair campaign. You can find out more about the Play Fair campaign in the video below. The lessons learned from these activities and workshops will equip the athletes with the sports skills to perform to the best of their ability on the field of play, and the life skills to be true ambassadors of their sport off the field of play, inspiring young people in their communities to get active and embrace the values of Olympism.

Helping the athletes get the most of their YOG experience are a fantastic team of YOG agents, appointed by their respective NOCs, International Federations and the IOC; the Young Ambassadors, Athlete Role Models and YOG Ambassadors.

Ambassadors

The YOG Ambassadors for Nanjing 2014 are Chad le Clos and Michelle Wie. Chad experienced success at the London 2012 Olympic Games and, by his own admission; his experience at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 helped him when it came to preparing for London. USA golf sensation Michelle Wie has put her full swing behind The Games from the beginning and is a big supporter of golf on the Olympic programme.

Athlete Role Models

Selected by the 28 International Federations whose sports will be featured at Nanjing 2014, the list of Athlete Role Models features many legendary names from the world of sport, including Olympic and world champions. In Nanjing, they will play a key role in supporting, mentoring and offering advice to the 3,800 young athletes who will be participating in the Games.

Young Ambassadors

There will also be Young Ambassadors on hand. The eclectic list features active athletes, including Olympians and YOG alumni, sports coaches, students and young professionals, all aged between 18 and 25 . Despite coming from all walks of life, the Young Ambassadors, who were nominated by their National Olympic Committees, have one thing in common - a desire to live by the Olympic values, and to inspire and empower young people to do the same.

Keep up-to-date on what is happening games-time in Nanjing via our YOG YouTube channel and on Olympic.org. Daily highlights will be uploaded, and with numerous events being broadcast live, it will be easier than ever to follow the progress of the world’s young athletes.

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