IOC “Impressed” With Nanjing 2014 Youth Games Progress

Following a two-day inspection of preparations for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Coordination Commission, headed by IOC member Alexander Popov, was pleased with the progress made.

Organizers reported on the extensive work completed in their Games Foundation Plan, the blueprint that lays out the vision and organizational plans to deliver the Games in three-and-a-half years.

A local-governance framework is now reportedly in place and was also presented to the Commission.

The Nanjing Organising Committee also presented its updated master plan for venues with the integration of golf and rugby sites included. The two sports were included on the program for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Construction planning for the Youth Olympic Village, the only key venue that needs to be constructed for the Games, is now underway and on schedule.

Commission head Popov said, “we are very impressed with the progress that the organizers 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”.

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 organizers and will make sure that all the opportunities and unique resources in Nanjing and its organizing committee are utilized. We will ensure the success of the Games to the very highest standards to help boost the development of Nanjing and the region”.