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The 2nd Asian Youth Games
 

The Asian Youth Games (AYG) held once every four years is a grand stage for many young athletes to showcase their talents. The 2nd AYG will be held in Nanjing, China from 16 to 24 August 2013. Elite young athletes from countries all around Asia will gather in Nanjing to interact with one another through competitive sport games, and entertain the spectators with their brilliant performances.

The AYG was first introduced by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for athletes aged 14 to 17. Following the example of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the AYG was created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The AYG aims at improving exchanges and communication between young people across Asia, spreading the Olympic spirit and encouraging them to participate more actively in sports, cultural and educational activities, so as to promote a healthy lifestyle among them. The first AYG was held in 2009 in Singapore and attracted more than 3000 athletes and officials from 45 Asian countries and regions. The 2nd AYG and Summer YOG 2014 will both take place in Nanjing. Hosting the 2nd AYG will help Nanjing gain invaluable experiences in organising international events.

The slogan "Celebrating Youth, Passionate Asia", adheres to AYG¡¦s motto: "Vibrant and Youth, Participation and Sharing, Commune of Culture, Ingenuity of Mind, Green and Low Carbon, Peaceful and Diligent". The emblem also exhibits the four special elements of Nanjing: mountains, rivers, city walls and tree leaves, which are conveyed through Chinese calligraphy strokes in the form of a sportsman figure. This figure also denotes the Chinese character "Ér(¹ç)Ning" in the sunlight. Our mascot, "AYG Yuan Yuan" is derived from the "dawn monkey of China" - the species was first discovered in a remote area of Jiangsu and was one of the first know primates. Derived from the red sun in the emblem of OCA, Yuan Yuan¡¦s face is created with a combination of circles and curves. Its tail signifies the rain flower stone, a special local product found in Nanjing. The name Yuan Yuan denotes the meaning of a "reunion" of Asian young people in Nanjing, wishing AYG a great success.

The games last for nine days and consist of 15 events, namely: Swimming (including diving), Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Fencing, Football, Golf, Handball, Judo, Rugby, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis and Weightlifting. 24 stadiums are deployed for the competitions and training.

 
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In the 1st AYG, 46 athletes from the Hong Kong team proudly won a total of 18 medals: 5 gold, 8 silver, and 5 bronze. Hong Kong will take part in this year¡¦s AYG again in the hope of gaining more valuable international experience and achieving even better results. Let us give great support to our athletes for these coming events!

 
Photo Triumphant return of the Hong Kong team from the last AYG
 
Photo Some of the athletes showing their medals
 
 
Source:
Website of the 2nd Asian Youth Games (http://www.nanjing2013.org)
 
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