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Mr Wei Jizhong of OCA writes a message for the young reporters from Nanjing.
OCA: AYG spirit will live for ever

24 Aug 2013
Nanjing, China: The OCA’s 2nd Asian Youth Games will close here in Nanjing on Saturday night – but the spirit will live for ever. This was the message of the OCA’s Honorary Life Vice President, Wei Jizhong, at a joint press conference between the OCA and the Nanjing AYG Organising Committee (NAYGOC) at the Main Press Centre on Saturday afternoon. “The Asian Youth Games is better and better,” said Mr Wei in his opening address. “We have fully achieved the targets of the OCA and of NAYGOC.

“The full participation of athletes and officials from 45 National Olympic Committees, the staff of the organising committee and the volunteers signifies the true spirit of the Asian Youth Games. But this process does not end here – the spirit of the Games lasts long and for ever.”

Mr Wei said the 2nd AYG, which opened on August 16 and featured over 2,400 athletes in 16 sports, had laid “very solid foundations” for the IOC’s 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing next August. However, he reserved his highest praise for the 13,500 volunteers who had served the Asian Youth Games, and urged the organisers to maintain their training and development right through to the 2014 YOG.

“The most significant highlight is the volunteers,” he added. “The contribution of more than 13,500 volunteers has made the Asian Youth Games a complete success because of their sacrifices in the hot and withering summer weather of Nanjing.”

Mr Wei also thanked the media for projecting the “spirit and positive energy” of the AYG to the people of Nanjing city, Jiangsu province and all over China. OCA Vice President Timothy Fok said the Culture and Education Programme, including the Asian Cultural Village in the Athletes’ Village, had been one of the most important parts of the AYG, enabling the young athletes to interact and learn more about the customs and culture around the continent.

As an International Olympic Committee member, the Hong Kong NOC President said a visiting delegation from the IOC had been very impressed with the organisation and operation of the AYG. “They will go away very satisfied and a lot more confident for the Youth Olympic Games next year,” he said.
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