Youth Olympics

Social media hailed key reason for success of Nanjing 2014

By Nick Butler

Social media was a key way used by Nanjing 2014 to best market the Games ©Nanjing 2014Nanjing 2014 have joined the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in claiming social media was a crucial contributory factor to the success of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in the Chinese city.

Nanjing 2014 closes with plea to take a photo of person next to you in "token of friendship"

By Nick Butler in the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre

Nanjing 2014 was declared closed with an appeal to take photos in the "spirit of friendship" ©Getty ImagesInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach closed the second Summer Youth Olympic Games here this evening with a plea for everyone to "not take a selfie, but greet and thank the person next to you and take their picture".

We will "do our best" to repeat innovation of Nanjing 2014 at future Olympics, says Bach

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Thomas Bach, speaking alongside Nanjing 2014 executive-president Yang Weize, was full of praise for these Youth Olympics ©ITGInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has vowed to "do his best" to allow exhibition events and initiation programmes to be showcased at future Olympic Games, although he admits this will require much "study and consultation".

Azerbaijan earn triple gold before Peru win final event of Nanjing 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Peru celebrate after winning the boys football title for the final gold medal of the Games ©TwitterPeru won the final gold medal of the Summer Youth Olympic Games here this evening with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in the boys' football competition, while Azerbaijan and Russia were other countries to enjoy strong final days.

"Selfies" to be showcased in special section of Nanjing 2014 Closing Ceremony

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Chen Weiya, pictured after being announced as chief director earlier this year, has revealed that selfies will play a role in the Closing Ceremony ©Nanjing 2014A homage to selfies will play a role in the Closing Ceremony of the Summer Youth Olympic Games due to take place here tomorrow evening.

Lithuania secure thrilling 3x3 basketball victory with last play of game at Nanjing 2014

By Nick Butler at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

Lithuania following their overtime basketball victory ©Nanjing 2014Kristupas Zemaitis scored a jump-shot with less than a second left in overtime to secure a last ditch, and utterly thrilling, victory for Lithuania over France in the boys' 3x3 basketball final at the Summer Youth Olympic Games here tonight. 

IAAF President praises inaugural 8x100m relay at Nanjing 2014

By Paul Osborne at the 8x100m venue on Yanshan Road in Nanjing

IAAF President Lamine Diack has praised the inaugural 8x100m relay here in Nanjing ©Getty Images  International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack has praised the inaugural 8x100 metres relay as an "excellent idea" following its showing at the Summer Youth Olympic Games here this evening.
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