(From left to right) Member of the International Olympic Committee, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Marketing Department Hiberg, Omega Global President Okehua, Mayor of Nanjing, Vice Chairman of Nanjing Youth Olympic Committee and Secretary-General Ji Jianye and Executive Deputy Mayor, and Liu Yi’an, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of Nanjing Youth Olympic Organizing Committee, attended the first anniversary of the countdown to the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games and the unveiling of the Omega countdown clock.
Member of the International Olympic Committee, Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Marketing Department, Hiberg, and Omega Global President Okehua take a group photo before the countdown
The first anniversary of the countdown to the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics was held in Nanjing
On August 15, the Omega Countdown Clock was grandly unveiled at Nanjing Xinjiekou Square, marking a full year before the opening of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. At 7:30 that night, the countdown celebration jointly organized by the Nanjing Youth Olympics Organizing Committee and Omega officially started. Omega Global President Okehua, member of the International Olympic Committee and Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Marketing Department Gerhard Heiberg Mayor of Nanjing, Ji Jianye, Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General of Nanjing Youth Olympic Organizing Committee, and Deputy Mayor Liu Yi’an, Executive Deputy Secretary-General of Nanjing Youth Olympic Organizing Committee, attended the celebration.
Although the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, failed to attend the countdown celebration, he still recorded a video conveying his ardent expectations for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: ‘After a whole year, the world’s best young athletes will come Nanjing is participating in the Second Summer Youth Olympic Games. The Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee has made great efforts for the smooth hosting of the Youth Olympic Games. I believe that this Youth Olympic Games will be successfully held and leave us unforgettable memories. ‘
Mr Jacques Rogge added: The Youth Olympic Games is a great opportunity to discover future Olympic champions. It inspires young people around the world to actively participate in sports and encourages them to follow and convey the spirit of Olympic excellence, friendship and respect.
At the countdown celebration, the Nanjing Youth Olympics official mascot ‘Nanjing Lu’ appeared on the scene and was warmly welcomed. The young dancers from Nanjing held colorful luminous umbrellas and danced in the sound of drums, bringing a wonderful performance. The short video that followed showed the history of the Olympics and the customs of Nanjing. It also described the wonderful process of Omega’s long-time timing service for the Olympic Games. Finally, an exciting silk hanging show unveiled the countdown clock curtain in an ingenious way and pushed the celebration to a climax. At about 8 o’clock, the audience at the scene counted down in unison under the leadership of the host, and together they ushered in the 365 days of countdown to the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
The official countdown clock located in Xinjiekou Square is six meters high. In addition, Omega also set up a 4-meter-high countdown clock in front of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Organizing Committee’s office, which beats every second with the passage of time, and welcomes the moment of the opening of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
Okehua, the global president of Omega, said that Omega is looking forward to providing timing services for the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games. ‘At the first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore, we were impressed by the outstanding performance of sports rookies.’ He said, ‘Some of these athletes went on to shine in the Olympics and won medals, which fully illustrates their Strength. At the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, the audience will witness the bright prospects of international sports. ‘
During the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Omega will provide professional timing services for 26 sports events in each stadium. Omega will use advanced timing equipment weighing approximately 80 tons at the Youth Olympic Games, including 115 public and competition-specific scoreboards, fiber optic cables with a total length of 100 kilometers (100 kilometers / 100,000 meters), and 25 TV video signal generator. In 1932, Omega served as the Olympic timekeeper for the first time at the Los Angeles Olympics. At the first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in 2010, Omega also provided timing and data processing services.
The wonderful silk hanging show unveiled the countdown clock of the Omega Nanjing Youth Olympic Games
During the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, Omega will provide professional timing services for 26 sports events in 14 venues. Omega will use approximately 80 tons of advanced timing equipment at the Youth Olympic Games, including 115 public and game-specific scoreboards, 100 kilometers of fiber-optic cables, and 25 television video signal generators.
About 3,600 outstanding young athletes from more than 200 countries will participate in the event. The Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee has selected nearly 30,000 volunteers to provide high-quality service work in various aspects such as event organization, cultural education, medical services, transportation management, security and media support, including 6,000 various languages Translation volunteer.
The slogan of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games is ‘Sharing youth and building the future together’, which aims to promote youth to correctly understand themselves in sports arena and daily life, actively participate in and show creativity. This competition will also promote understanding and exchanges between different cultures, while promoting fair competition and healthy lifestyles, while helping young people of all countries to build friendships.
In this Youth Olympic Games, Omega will continue its long-standing Olympic timekeeping legend and serve as the designated timekeeper for the event. In 1932, Omega served as the Olympic timekeeper for the first time at the Los Angeles Olympics. At the first Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore in 2010, Omega also provided timekeeping and data processing services, and was deeply honored.