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YOG Village opens in Nanjing

14 Aug 2014
Nanjing, China: The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Village (YOV) officially opened its doors on Tuesday, August 12 – four days before the opening ceremony of the IOC’s 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Set to house 3,800 athletes aged from 15-18, along with team coaches and officials, the YOV is the heart of the Games and a place where athletes can relax and make new friends from around the world. It is the place they will call home for the duration of the YOG, which run from August 16-28.

The YOV is much more than a place to sleep; it is also the centre of the Culture and Education Programme, which offers athletes a series of interactive workshops covering topics such as healthy eating, careers in sport, time management and media training.

In addition, athletes will have available information on subjects such as the dangers of doping, illegal betting and injury prevention. A team of Athlete Role Models - Olympians and world champions from each of the 28 sports - will be on hand in their own lounge for athletes to stop by or take part in one of the “chat with champions” sessions. 

In addition, 104 Young Ambassadors will reside in the village as the big brothers and sisters to the athletes to guide them through and help them make the most of their YOG journey.
To share their experiences, the digital centre is filled with state-of-the-art technology to help the athletes connect with their families and friends, as well as a fun #YOGselfie photo booth and lots of interactive Games on offer.

The YOV was officially opened by the Executive President of the Nanjing 2014 organising committee, Yang Weize, accompanied by the IOC’s Executive Director, Gilbert Felli.

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