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OCA VP Timothy Fok closes 2nd AYG

24 Aug 2013
Nanjing, China: OCA Vice President Timothy Fok declared the 2nd Asian Youth Games closed at the end of a high-paced, youth-oriented closing ceremony at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium on Saturday night. The Hong Kong NOC President and IOC member said the youth of Asia had set an example to the leaders of the world in their conduct, cooperation and unity, and had laid firm foundations for a brighter future in Asia and beyond.

“We have witnessed some wonderful moments both on and off the field of play, and you – the athletes – have made friendships that will last a lifetime,” he said. The Executive President of organising committee NAYGOC, Yang Weize, said 1,006 days of preparation and planning for the 2nd AYG had been rewarded with a youth gala of sport, culture and education, and added that Nanjing was now ready to welcome the youth of the world next summer to the IOC’s 2nd Youth Olympic Games.

In the presence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, D.M. Jayaratne, the OCA flag was passed from Nanjing to Hambantota, Sri Lanka – host city of the 3rd AYG in 2017. Sri Lanka was represented in the ceremonial flag handover by NOC President Hemasiri Fernando and the Mayor of Hambantota, Eraj  Ravindra Fernando. Nanjing was represented by Mayor Ji Jianye and Sports Minister Liu Peng, who is also President of the Chinese Olympic Committee.

After a colourful, lively cultural performance by Hambantota, the flame was extinguished and the athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators clapped to the beat of the official AYG song – Our Youth. Over 2,400 athletes from 45 NOCs have taken part in 122 events in 16 sports since the opening ceremony on August 16, supported by 13,500 volunteers.
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