NANJING - The future of Asian sports - over 2, athletes aged between 14 and 17 years - take the spotlight beginning Friday as the 2nd Asian Youth Games raised its curtain in Nanjing with an opening ceremony reminiscent of a video game. Chinese vice premier Liu Yandong declared open the nine-day games themed 'Celebrating Youth, Passionate Asia', which will bring the athletes to 27 venues across the city by the Yangtse River to participate in 16 sports - diving, swimming, athletics, badminton, basketball, fencing, football, golf, handball, judo, rugby union, shooting, squash, table tennis, taikwando, tennis and weightlifting. On a hot, sultry night, the opening ceremony at a packed gymnasium broke the trend of holding Chinese sports events ceremonies in a main stadium, creating more of a theatrical atmosphere than a parade on an athletics field. In the artistic performance, young people, most of them high-school students from Nanjing, presented the audience with a story of children advancing to adulthood through the four seasons of the year, mirroring the art of vibrant videogames on a waved stage that represented the bridges of southern China; the Yangtse River waters and Nanjing cloud embroidery, a local handicraft. The minuite show, built with volunteers to a very frugal budget, was a mixture of a stage show and a party designed by teenagers with the help of directors, most of them under the age of The climax of the ceremony was the arrival of the Asian Youth Games torches at the stadium.
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The aim of the games was to showcase and promote a high quality of sports performance and foster healthy competition among youths in Asia. The games showcased nine sports and featured a total of 90 events. The flame was then conveyed to a safety lamp at the games village at Swissotel The Stamford and only extinguished when the games came to a close. The website also featured a message board for the public to post messages. Recorded within a week and sung by two Anglo-Chinese Junior College students, the song was well received on both the AYG website and popular social media platforms.
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