On Thursday 20th January 2011, the Coordination Commission for the 2014 Youth Olympics concluded a successful visit to Nanjing, China. The next host had just finished receiving a debrief from the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee who hosted the games in 2010.
The Coordination Commission was “pleased” with the progress made by the local Organising Committee as it approaches the one-year mark in its preparations. A full site visit by officials included the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, which will play host to a number of sports for Nanjing 2014.
The Nanjing Organising Committee presented its updated master plan for venues. Progress has been made on the Youth Olympic Village, the only key venue that needs to be constructed for the Games. Construction planning for the Village is currently under way and on schedule.
Alexander Popov, a member of the International Olympic Committee said:
“We are very impressed with the progress that the organisers have made in the short time since Nanjing was elected in Vancouver last year. Preparations are well-advanced and the team has been building a strong foundation from the very beginning. They have wasted no time in learning from Singapore 2010, and the IOC has no doubt that Nanjing 2014 will continue to build upon the success of the first Youth Olympic Games.”
Mr Lu Zhipeng, Standing Vice Secretary General of the Nanjing Organising Committee and Vice Mayor of Nanjing said:
“Nanjing will study and learn from the successful experience of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games organisers, and will make sure that all the opportunities and unique resources in Nanjing and its Organising Committee are utilised. We will ensure the success of the Games to the very highest standards to help boost the development of Nanjing and the region.”
The Youth Olympic Games will feature golf and rugby on its sports programme after the two sports were included on the programme for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.