The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Games ended its second visit to the city.
IOC coordination commission chairman Alexander Popov was impressed with the progress made by the organizing committee since the IOC last visited Nanjing in January.
The Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) team is fully operational with all 17 departments established and 43 functional-area leads in place. A volunteer recruitment program has also be initiated.
In the last six months there has been the launch of the Nanjing 2014 emblem, the initiation of the marketing program, the finalization of the Culture and Education Programme concepts, and the laying of the first foundations of the Youth Olympic Village where the 5,900 athletes and team officials will reside. The estimated completion of the village is set for April 2014.
Environmental sustainability will be integrated into every stage of the project, including green technology, geothermal and solar energy, and rainwater collection.
There will be athlete training facilities and a planned Village square that will serve as the central location for Culture and Education Programme activities.
Commission Chairman Popov said, “there have been some major developments since our last visit earlier this year, which is testament to the efficiency and professionalism of the Nanjing Organising Committee.
“The Nanjing 2014 team has truly embraced the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games and its vision is now becoming a reality”.
Yang Weize, Executive President of NYOGOC, said, “over the last six months we have been improving and optimising the organisational structure at NYOGOC and strengthening the image of Nanjing 2014. As we approach the 1,000-days-to-go mark, we are confident in the steady development of our preparations to deliver a unique and amazing event”.
Twenty five venues for the 28 sports are now confirmed and nine of the 28 International Federations have visited Nanjing, with more visits scheduled.
There has been a decision made by the FIVB to introduce beach volleyball for the first time at a Youth Olympic Games.