By Nick Butler

Omega are honing their preparations with six days to go until the Games begin in Nanjing ©Nanjing 2014Olympic TOP Partner Omega is honing its preparations for its responsibilities as Official Timekeeper of the Summer Youth Olympic Games with just six days to go before the event begin in Nanjing.

This comes as the buzz of activity around the Chinese city increases with the arrival of more than 6,000 rathletes, team officials, young ambassadors and reporters ahead of the opening of the Athletes' Village on Tuesday (August 12), with the Opening Ceremony due to place four days later. 

As they have at the last 26 Olympic Games - as well as at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 - Omega will play a key role in timing, measuring, recording, displaying and distributing the results of each competition for all 28 sports.

This will total an impressive 222 events at 27 competition venues, with 330 on-site professionals and technicians to be supported by 450 trained volunteers.

Around 80 tonnes of equipment will be used, including 28 public scoreboard controllers, as well as 118 sport-specific scoreboards, 85 kilometres of cables and optical fibre and 38 television graphic generators. 

An Omega Countdown Clock was introduced last August with a year to go until the Opening Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 ©IOCAn Omega Countdown Clock was introduced last August with a year to go until the Opening Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 ©IOC

The sponsor is also playing a visible role due to the presence of a six-metre "Youth Olympic Games Countdown Clock" that was unveiled last year to mark the one-year-to-go milestone.

The Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games are due to take place from August 16 to 28 and bring together more than 3,800 young athletes from across the world, aged between 15 and 18.

Although preparations appear to be going smoothly, problems have been reported with accessing social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook in Games locations, despite the International Olympic Committee (IOC) having received assurances from Chinese authorities that they would be freely available.

An IOC spokesman told insidethegames yesterday that they remain confident the ban will be lifted in time for the opening of the Games. 

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