By Paul Osborne at the Main Media Centre in Nanjing

The 2nd COC Youth Camp is preparing to get underway in Nanjing ©COCYoung campers across Asian have been attending the training centre of the Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Sports here for the second Youth Camp organised by the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC). 

The camp is designed to promote the Olympic Movement and enhance the exchanges and cooperation among Asian National Olympic Committees and young people from across the continent.

The camp saw 27 sports workers from eight Asian countries and regions, including South Korea, Jordan, Uzbekistan and Bhutan, as well as eight Chinese cities, brought together to learn more about the Olympic Movement and connect with other participants from other regions.

During the Opening Ceremony of the camp, Zhang Qiuping, deputy head of the Liaison Department under the All-China Sports Federation, read a letter of congratulations from COC vice-president Yang Shu'an, welcoming the workers as they get set to engage in the camp.

Lu Weidong, vice-president of the Jiangsu Provincial Sports Federation, then gave a brief account of the city of Nanjing and spoke of his wish to see the young participants develop a rough idea of the traditions, heritage and culture of Nanjing through events at the camp.

The Camp was hosted by the International Sports Exchange Centre of China's General Administration of Sport and Jiangsu Provincial Bureau of Sports.

During the five-day camp the youngsters attended symposiums with members of the International Olympic Committee, former world champions and Youth Olympic Games organisers; watched Summer Youth Olympic Games competitions; visited the Youth Olympic Village and enjoyed the various Cultural and Education Programmes activities being run by Nanjing 2014 organisers.

They also toured places of historical interest and experience the local culture and customs.

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