Nanjing, China —The 2013 second Asian Youth Games kicks off in Nanjing China and scheduled to run until August 24, the Games will highlight the city as one of China’s global sporting hubs and provide athletes and visitors a unique experience.
A 15-year-old Chinese girl wins 1st gold in Asian Youth Games. Jiang Huihua took the first gold in Asian Youth Games here Saturday, winning the women’s 48kg category with a lift of 183kg.
Nanjing has welcomed more than 3,500 athletes, aged from 14-17, from 45 Asian countries and territories for Games which features 122 events and 16 sports.
Athletes from 45 countries spanning 16 events then took to the stage for the flag ceremony before the event concluded with the raising of organising Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) flag and the lighting of the Torch.
Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong declared open the nine-day games themed ‘Celebrating Youth, Passionate Asia’, which will bring the athletes to 27 venues across the city by the Yangtse River to participate in 16 sports – diving, swimming, athletics, badminton, basketball, fencing, football, golf, handball, judo, rugby union, shooting, squash, table tennis, taikwando, tennis and weightlifting.