Youth Olympics

Rugby sevens defies the conditions to light up a rainy Nanjing

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Rugby Field

A scrum in the thrilling Japan v Hong Kong showdownAugust 19 - Hong Kong's rugby sevens team provided one of the defining moments of the Asian Youth Games so far by defying several torrential downpours to beat bitter rivals Japan in a thrilling semi-final before maintaining their form to defeat Thailand in the final.

Squash teaches core Youth Games values

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre

The home crowd getting behind their team at the Asian Youth GamesAugust 18 - It has frequently been said that the aim of the Asian Youth Games is to introduce young athletes to the requirements of elite sport and this point could not have been underlined better than during a women's squash semi-final where mental rather than physical weaknesses were brutally exposed.

Exclusive: "We have to put sport at the service of human kind" claims Ser Miang Ng

By Nick Butler at The Hilton in Nanjing

Ser Miang Ng was the creator of the Asian Youth Games, at Singapore in 2009August 18 - Ser Miang Ng, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), put forward his vision here today to mobilise young people into greater unity and coperation using sport.

Host nation's pocket powerhouse lifts her way to the first gold at Asian Youth Games

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing International Expo Centre

Chinese weightlfiter Huihua Jiang dominated the women's under 48 kilogram event to win the first gold medal of the Asian Youth Games in NanjingAugust 17 - China's diminutive weightlifter Huihua Jiang dominated the women's under 48 kilogram division to win the first gold medal of the Asian Youth Games here on the first day of widespread competition after last night's Opening Ceremony.

"Sport is in the life of everybody and no one can live without it" says OCA President

By Nick Butler in Nanjing

The Sheikh on his journey around Nanjing's Youth Games venuesAugust 17 - Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), today hailed the pivotal role that sport plays in the life of all people and set out his vision to make its importance even more central in the future.

Asian Youth Games Opening Ceremony combines best of Beijing and London in great advert for Nanjing

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium in Nanjing

China's flag is raised at the Opening Ceremony of the Asian Youth Games in NanjingAugust 16 - The second Asian Youth Games started here tonight with an Opening Ceremony littered with colour, vibrancy and enthusiasm in a celebration of the adolescent journey as well as an athletes' parade illustrating the future of sport in this vast continent.

Nanjing 2014 unveils special clock on one-year to go milestone

By Nick Butler in Nanjing

Omega President Stephen Urquhart was joined by IOC member Gerhard Heiberg at the unveiling of the countdown clock for Nanjing 2014August 15 - A day of festivities culminating in the unveiling of a special countdown clock in the city centre formed the centrepiece of celebrations marking the one-year-to-go anniversary to the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games here today.

Swiss President Maurer "very excited" about Youth Olympic bid as Lausanne launches official application

By Emily Goddard

Ueli MaurerJuly 12 - Swiss President Ueli Maurer is said to be "very excited" about the prospect of his nation hosting the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games following the official launch of Lausanne's application.

Buenos Aires awarded 2018 Summer Youth Olympics ahead of Medellin and Glasgow

By Duncan Mackay at the Beaulieu Lausanne

Jacques Rogge Buenos Aires 2018July 4 - Buenos Aires were today awarded the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games ahead of Medellin and Glasgow, who were knocked out in the first round.
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