The festival for youths has commenced. The 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games is held in Nanjing, China. It officially started on August 16, 2014 and it will end on August 28. Youths from different nations come together to celebrate sports and education.
Here are some things that you need to know about the sporting event:
- Venues: Venues are of course within Nanjing. There’s the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre which hosted the opening and will hold the closing ceremonies. Other venues include Longjiang Gymnasium, Wutaishan Sports Centre, Fangshan Sports Training Base, Jiangning Sports Centre, Nanjing International Expo Centre, Xuanwu Lake Park and many more.
- Sports: There are many events supported by the Summer Youth Olympic Games to include aquatics, archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, weightlifting wrestling, wushu, skateboarding and many more.
- Medals: As for the medals, the National Olympic Committee ranked top ten. The first is China, followed by Russia, United Sates, Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, France, Japan, Great Britain and Brazil.
- Participating nations: 204 nations planned to compete but because of other events, only 201 nations made it. Nations with the most athletes include China, Brazil, United States, Australia, Russia, Germany, Egypt, France, Japan and Mexico.
The Singapore National Olympic Council announced that 17 Singaporean athletes joined the Olympic games. The Singaporean athletes contended in eight sports like athletics, aquatics (diving and swimming), badminton, gymnastics, sailing, shooting, table tennis and triathlon.
With or without medals, the important thing is that these youths persisted. There will always be next time.