April 9 - Chinese officials have claimed there are no fears about whether they will be ready or not for this year's Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing.
International relations director Li Baoping and assistant director for sports and venues Zhang Mengjie claimed all construction will be completed by the end of this month and overlay costs by the end of May.
The speed by which this has happened came as a surprise even to them, they admitted, before claiming they had received an overly positive response during the latest Coordination Commission and Chef de Mission visits to the Chinese city late last month.
Li and Zhang highlighted the strong Government support, good relationships between the different departments of Nanjing 2014 and the integration of the goals of the Games into the wider development of the city.
"Never worry about the construction speed of the Chinese people," they claimed.
Li and Zhang also claimed the Games will have on a positive effect on profile of both Nanjing, a former capital of China, as well help Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
The officials also claimed measures to combat air pollution, a key factor also affecting the Beijing 2022 bid, would ensure a safe environment for the Games, which are due to take place between August 16 and 28.
These measures include setting up a group to monitor air quality, the removal of factories to specific business zones and the strict enforcement of high standards.
The pioneering of demonstration events in the four disciplines of sport climbing, skateboarding, roller sports and wushu, introduced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last December, is designed to help the event appeal more to youngsters.
It was confirmed that these events will not be competitive and will consist of elite athletes showing off their craft alongside opportunities for those from all levels of ability to participate with coaches and instructors.
The events will be held in a Park in central Nanjing close to the Athletes' Village to ensure maximum interest, with all the costs and organisation taken by the IOC rather than Nanjing 2014.
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