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Nanjing receives IOC delegation
08 Jun 2010
A delegation from the IOC travelled to Nanjing for the first time since the election in Vancouver last February of the host city for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games. The purpose of the visit, from June 3-5, was to meet the newly formed Organising Committee (NYOGOC) and hold an Orientation Seminar to introduce the Youth Olympic Games product and the framework of the working relationship between the IOC and NYOGOC to all the parties involved in the preparation of the Games.
Led by IOC Coordination Commission Chairman, IOC Athletes’ Commission member and multi-Olympic champion and medallist Alexander Popov, the group from the IOC administration shared a number of key principles and functional information with the Nanjing 2014 Organising Committee as well as the experience gained from the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Singapore this August.
Speaking after the seminar, Popov said: “The Youth Olympic Games project is still in a development phase and needs a strong and experienced team to ensure the successful delivery of the second summer edition. We have had very fruitful meetings here in Nanjing and are confident that the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games are in very good hands.
“We were also impressed by the quality of the competition venues proposed in Nanjing’s project, which are a legacy of the Chinese National Games that were held in Nanjing in 2005, and we believe these will constitute a solid foundation for the preparation of the Youth Olympic Games. NYOGOC will also benefit tremendously from the experience of hosting the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.”
The newly appointed President of NYOGOC and Governor of Jiangsu Province, Luo Zhijun, commented: “Jiangsu is a strong province in terms of sport, culture and education in China, and the provincial government will do its utmost to support Nanjing for a successful YOG in 2014.”
Yang Shu’an, Vice President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, added: “I am sure that our officials and staff can benefit a lot from the IOC Orientation Seminar, allowing the Organising Committee to build a solid foundation from the very beginning.”
Following the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the IOC President, accompanied by the Chairman of the Coordination Commission, will travel to Nanjing to meet the Organising Committee and local government representatives as well as visit the facilities proposed for the Youth Olympic Games. The first visit of the IOC Coordination Commission will take place in January 2011 in conjunction with the official debrief of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games.