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CDM Seminar concludes in Nanjing

18 Jan 2013
Nanjing, China: The two-day Chefs de Mission Seminar for the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China, this August came to a conclusion on Friday at the Hilton Wanda Hotel. Beginning with a venue tour of the Athletes’ Village and Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on Thursday morning, the Seminar continued with presentations by various departments of organising committee NAYGOC, question and answer sessions and one-on-one meetings between National Olympic Committee delegates and department representatives.

Summing up the Seminar, Qi Lu, Executive Vice Secretary General of NAYGOC, said 53 questions had been asked by the NOC delegates during the Seminar and over 150 discussions had taken place on the sidelines.

He reiterated a few key dates in the countdown to the August 16-24 AYG: February 1 for the opening of the accreditation system (closing April 30), April 15 as the deadline for Entry by Number and June 25 for Entry by Name. The online accreditation system for Entry by Name will run from May 6 to June 25.

He also reminded NOCs that the OCA had vowed to impose a severe penalty - to be decided by the OCA Executive Board - on any NOCs withdrawing their teams after the draw for team sports has been conducted, as this severely disrupted the smooth running of the competitions.

Wei Jizhong, Honorary Life Vice President of the OCA, said the Seminar had been conducted successfully thanks to the support and collaboration of the NOCs. Pinpointing the main aim of the AYG, Mr Wei added: “The Asian Youth Games is not a commercialised sports event; it is a social welfare event. For all NOCs you can use this event to prepare your future generation."

He urged NOCs to bring as many talented young athletes as possible to Nanjing. “Give them the chance to see the world and to open new horizons. It will be very healthy, and very helpful for their formation,” he said. As for the NOCs, they should give confidence to the families of the athletes that the delegation leaders can look after their children. “We are their parents and we have to take care of them,” said Mr Wei.

Finally, Mr Wei, who chaired the Seminar, said the OCA would ask for Asian sports federations to send their best technical officials “because to conduct this kind of competition is, perhaps, more difficult than a high-level competition because the athlete has no experience. We have to teach them instead of punish them.”
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