Chinese president to attend opening ceremony of Summer Youth Olympics
                 English.news.cn | 2014-08-11 17:02:18 | Editor: Fu Peng

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony for the upcoming 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games on Aug. 16 in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Fiji Epeli Nailatikau, President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic, President of Singapore Tan Keng Yam and Prime Minister of Vanuatu Joe Natuman will also attend the opening ceremony at the invitation of President Xi, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang announced in Beijing on Monday.

The Youth Olympic Games, the brainchild of former International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, are for young athletes aged between 15 and 18.

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BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun has pledged to keep the upcoming Nanjing Youth Olympic Games safe, according to a ministry statement released on Tuesday.

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BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- China has fielded a 123-strong team to the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games, which will start in Nanjing, eastern China's Jiangsu Province on Aug. 16.

Comparable to the program settings of the London Olympic Games and the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, the Nanjing Youth Olympics will feature 28 sports - adding golf and rugby events - and 222 events attracting a total of 3,868 athletes, 282 more than the last edition. Full story

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