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"Celebrating Youth, Passionate Asia"
Countdown to the 2nd Asian Youth Games, Nanjing 2013
2013/02/22

Origin of Asian Youth Games

As one of the five major multi-sport events run by the Olympic Council of Asia(OCA), the Asian Youth Games(AYG) is intended to promote the exchanges and friendships between youths across Asia, spread the Olympic spirit, and encourage young people to take part in sports, cultural and education activities more actively and develop a healthy lifestyle. At the 29th OCA General Assembly held on November 13, 2010, the decision was announced that Nanjing would host the 2nd Asian Youth Games in 2013.

Image of AYG Nanjing 2013

The slogan of AYG Nanjing 2013 is defined as "Celebrating Youth, Passionate Asia". Inspired by the traditional calligraphic art, the emblem of the Games shows a Chinese character "宁"(the abbreviated name of Nanjing) under the radiant sun. When viewed separately, its different components suggest hills, running water, city wall and leaves, symbolic of Nanjing which is reputed for its beautiful landscape.

Vision

Nanjing Asian Youth Organizing Committee (NAYGOC) has been preparing for the Games with the focus on "youth and vigor, participation and sharing, cultures and integration, wisdom and creativity, green and low-carbon, safety and integrity", and committed to delivering something different, that is, a sports, cultural and youthful gala that carries on the Olympic spirit, showcases Chinese characteristics, and integrates the culture of Nanjing.

Nanjing, a Well-known City

As a regional centre in China, Nanjing is well-known for a history of nearly 2,500 years and its role as the capital city of China in 10 ancient dynasties. Today's Nanjing is a dynamic city where tradition and modernity add to the beauty of Nanjing. It has a population of nearly 8 million including about 2.8 million young people, and ranks among the top three cities in the country by the development of science and education.

Venues & Competitions

The AYG Nanjing 2013 in Nanjing will be held from August 16-24, 2013 and is expected to attract the participation of 2,300 athletes aged between 14 and 17 from about 45 countries and regions. There will be 118 events and 15 sports including Athletics, Aquatics, Basketball, Tennis, Football, Table Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Rugby, Judo, Fencing, Weightlifting, Handball, Squash and Shooting. The competitions will be held in 16 venues.

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