Nanjing YOG to expand variety of CEP activities

08:15, August 26, 2010      

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The 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will witness an expansion of the variety of Culture and Education Program (CEP), the organizers promised at a new briefing on Wednesday.

Ding Ming, Director of the Culture and Education Department of Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee (NYOGOC), revealed that the Nanjing organizing team would absorb the experience learned in Singapore and try to improve CEP activities in 2014.

"It is very impressive that Singapore could prepare and successfully hold this kind of top event and cultural and educational pageant in only two and a half years. We will absorb the experience learned here and use it in the preparations of Nanjing YOG," said Ding, who was among the some 70-80 study tour group members sent from Nanjing to the Lion City.

"Nanjing is a large city with a long history, and we want to upgrade the number and variety of the CEP activities in Nanjing," said Ding, "On one hand we want to introduce the special culture and character of Nanjing, as well as that of China, to the young athletes, and on the other hand we will set up a platform for culture exchange."

According to Ding, the CEP will offer a variety of innovative and interact activities such as workshops, forums, art events, festivals of various world culture and sports. These activities will have great appeal to youth of the world, arousing in them the interest to communicate with one another and integrate themselves into the Olympic culture.

The YOG is an event balancing sport, culture and education. The CEP is hence an integral part of the YOG. In line with the YOG's mission to educate and engage young athletes, inspiring them to play an active role in their communities, the CEP aims for the athletes to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

Ding mentioned the World Culture Village in Singapore's Youth Olympic Village, in which Singapore local students have been called up to prepare for culture exhibition booths to create a platform for the young athletes to know the culture of all the participants.

"The culture exhibition booths created by local students will also be seen in the athletes' village in Nanjing, but this time we might add some high-tech and digital elements," he added. "Our main purpose is to let the young athletes enjoy the CEP activities."

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games, awarded to Singapore in February 2008, opened on Aug. 14 and will end on Aug. 26.

Nanjing was awarded the right to stage the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, becoming the second Chinese city to welcome the Olympic flame after the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Source: Xinhua

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