Youth Oly concludes in spectacular fashion

The second Youth Olympics concluded here on Thursday after a spectacular closing ceremony and a glowing endorsement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


Around 2,000 performers were involved in the ceremony, which was attended by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the IOC president Thomas Bach.


The sporting competition, which began two weeks ago and involved almost 4,000 athletes aged between 14 and 18, had ended on Wednesday with the host-nation finishing as the most successful country with 38 golds. Chinese swimmer Shen Duo was the most successful athlete of the Games, winning six golds.


The Games broke records for participants, attendances and social media interaction and featured athletes expected to graduate to the Summer Olympics in the years to come. "You have given us a glimpse of your bright future and the bright future of the Olympic movement," Bach said in his speech at the closing ceremony.

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