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100-day milestone ahead of 2014 Youth Olympic Games
- Updated: May 8, 2014
South Africa joined the world on Thursday, 8 May in celebrating the 100-day milestone ahead of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
The Youth Olympic Games are the second Youth Olympics after the inaugural Games in Singapore four years ago where South Africa also competed and won nine medals (two gold, four silver and three bronze) to end 20th on the medals table.
London Olympics gold medal-winning swimmer Chad le Clos, won four medals in Singapore.
To celebrate the landmark in Nanjing, a giant statue of the mascot was unveiled in the city centre on 8 May.
Executive President of the Nanjing Youth Olympics Games Organising Committee (NYOGOC) Yang Wei-ze said: Nanjing 2014 YOG is ready and we are in games-time testing mode! The Games will become a truly memorable event for all young people involved!”
Vinesh Maharaj, Team SA’s chef de mission for the Youth Olympic Games, said: “Team SA is well on schedule in terms of preparation for these second Youth Olympic Games and eagerly awaiting the commencement of the Games.
“Already, some of the prospective athletes for Nanjing will be taking part in the 2nd African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana later this month. In China, Team SA will most definitely be looking to improve on their success at the Singapore Youth Olympics.”