With an ambitious tagline of “Go beyond. Create tomorrow” Lillehammer 2016 can already satisfy itself with having achieved the first half of its promise. The second half will still need others to follow what was undoubtedly a great example.
Youth Olympic Games
News - Youth Olympic Games
The second edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games officially began with an innovative yet nostalgic Opening Ceremony in sub-zero freezing temperatures which was not afraid to stray from the traditional here tonight.
Less than a decade ago, the Youth Olympic Games did not even exist, but some 1,100 sporting youngsters will descend on the Norwegian town of Lillehammer for the second edition of the Winter event, due to take place from February 12 to 21.
Futsal, a form of five-a-side football, is to replace the standard 11-a-side format at the next Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018.
The decision to make the switch was taken by FIFA, the world governing body, at a two-day meeting of its ruling Executive Committee in Zurich last week.
August 22 - The Chinese city of Nanjing have staged a celebration to mark the three years to go milestone to the second Summer Youth Olympic Games which will take place in 2014.
The Youth Olympics is a competition for 14 to 18-years-old and Nanjing were awarded the right to stage the 2014 event on February 10, 2010 at the 122nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Vancouver, Canada.
Nanjing held off strong competition from Poznań in Poland as the IOC awarded them the event by 47 votes to 42 votes and they will stage the event from August 16 to 28.
The main stadium for Nanjing 2014 will be the imposing Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, which has a capacity of 60,000.
Nanjing will host the second Summer Youth Olympic Games after Singapore successfully staged the inaugural event last August.
Innsbruck will host the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic in January next year, while Lillehammer in Norway are set to host the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics after they were the only candidate to put themselves forward.
The IOC are set to confirm Lillehammer as the hosts in October this year.
By Tom Degun