Nanjing, China will host the second Youth Olympic Games in 2014. In a close battle with the only other candidate city, Poznan, Poland, Nanjing won the vote 47-42 during the IOC meeting at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.
Scheduled for August 16-28, the 2014 Games will involve approximately 3,500 competitors. All 28 official Olympic summer sports will be contested. As the Games draw nearer more details on the competition format for each sport will become clearer.
Competitors will also be involved in Culture and Education Programmes. These activities are aimed at integrating young people with the Olympic values and culture.
The Australian Olympic Committee anticipates sending 90 athletes to the YOG. This is expected to be made up of 70 individual athletes (maximum per NOC) and 20 athletes from two team sports (TBC).
Triple Olympian and multiple Olympic Medallist, Susie O'Neill OAM (Swimming) leads the Team as Chef de Mission.
Olympic Silver Medallist and Youth Olympic Gold Medallist, Jessica Fox (Canoe/Kayak) has been appointed Young Ambassador.
Nanjing is a historical and deeply cultural city placed on the banks of the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world. Countless festivals are held during the year, and the Chinese heritage can be seen throughout Nanjing- home of some of the best museums, art galleries and libraries in China.
Nanjing is located on the eastern side of China over 1000km south of fellow Olympic city, Beijing and 280km north of Shanghai.