BEIJING: Thousands of young athletes will converge in China’s Nanjing this week for the second Youth Olympics, with many hoping to build towards a place at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 3,700 competitors aged 15 to 18 are expected to participate in the tournament, which will start with a glittering opening ceremony in the eastern Chinese city on Saturday. There are seven athletes who will represent the Philippines in the Games.
Golf and rugby will make their long-awaited return to the Olympic fold, after gaps of 110 and 90 years respectively, in a 28-sport schedule, which mirrors the roster in place for 2016.
Among the athletes who won medals in the first Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010, are swimmers Chad Le Clos and Emma McKeon, and Chinese diver Qiu Bo.
That inaugural event was marred by scenes of empty seats at events despite fans being told they were sold out, resulting in bizarre queues outside half-empty venues.