Nanjing celebrate three year to go milestone to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games
Monday, 22 August 2011
August 22 - The Chinese city of Nanjing have staged a celebration to mark the three years to go milestone to the second Summer Youth Olympic Games which will take place in 2014.
The Youth Olympics is a competition for 14 to 18-years-old and Nanjing were awarded the right to stage the 2014 event on February 10, 2010 at the 122nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Vancouver, Canada.
Nanjing held off strong competition from Poznań in Poland as the IOC awarded them the event by 47 votes to 42 votes and they will stage the event from August 16 to 28.
The main stadium for Nanjing 2014 will be the imposing Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, which has a capacity of 60,000.
Nanjing will host the second Summer Youth Olympic Games after Singapore successfully staged the inaugural event last August.
Innsbruck will host the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic in January next year, while Lillehammer in Norway are set to host the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics after they were the only candidate to put themselves forward.
The IOC are set to confirm Lillehammer as the hosts in October this year.
June 2011: Nanjing 2014 Organising Committee unveils marketing plan
May 2011: Nanjing 2014 launch logo for Youth Olympics
March 2011: Anger grows in Nanjing as historic trees cut down to make way for Youth Olympics
March 2011: Populous appointed master planners for Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics
January 2011: IOC "very impressed" by preparations for 2014 Youth Olympic Games