Thomas Bach confident of Youth Games success

By Chen Boyuan
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Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee is confident that Nanjing will put on an excellent event in holding the Second Youth Olympic Games (YOG), saying "all the lights are green for a successful YOG."

IOC chief Thomas Bach says he is confident that Nanjing will host "a successful Youth Olympic Games," ahead of the opening on Saturday evening. [Dong Ning/]

Bach shared his satisfaction with Nanjing as well as the YOG organizing committee on Friday, prior to the opening ceremony of the YOG on Saturday evening.

"The city has become more open, and the warm welcome in the city is overwhelming. The athletes and I really feel at home here in Nanjing," said the IOC chief, who added that it was too early to evaluate Nanjing's performance,"since the Games have not started yet."

Bach recognized Nanjing's effort in shaping the city into a sports center for Asia, and encouraged Nanjing to invite more international sports events to take place in the city.

"With the great facilities you have here, the excellent hospitality you offer and the efficiency of the organizers in Nanjing, you have everything you need to build a sport city," he said.

The YOG is held every four years, in a similar format to the summer Olympic Games. The first YOG was held in Singapore in 2010 while the first winter youth games were held in Austria in 2012. Athletes competing in the YOG should be aged between 15 and 18.

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