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PHOTOS: Feel the heat at Youth Olympic Games

Last updated on: August 19, 2014 14:41 IST

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At the beach volleyball, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games is a sell-out, foot-stomping success.

Beach volleyball is included in the sporting line-up of the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing and no one is complaining.

Headgear is also allowed to cover a player's hair

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Image: Kristyna Adamcikova and Katerina Valkova of Czech Republic share a hug after taking a game from Ecuador during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Sports Park in Nanjing, China
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

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While just volleyball made it to the list of sports for the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, this year’s Games only feature beach volleyball.

Preserving the legacy of the venue for the future development of beach volleyball was high on the agenda.

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Image: Erika Sofia Mongelos Bobadilla of Paraguay gestures to her teammate during her game against Thailand during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Sports Park
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

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The main attraction of the high-energy sport lies in watching bikini-clad athletes strut their stuff in the sandpit to thumping rock music.

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Image: Brittany Kendall of Australia in action during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Sports Park in Nanjing
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images
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The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) hopes that this event can create a strong platform to develop youth beach volleyball all over the world, with national federations investing in young athletes in an effort to earn one of the 36 berths in the Games.

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Image: Malika Davidson of Trinidad and Tobago attempts to block Sarah Schneider of Germany shot during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball
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Beach Volleyball has been a popular and integral part of the Summer Olympic Games since it debuted at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games in the United States.


Image: Julia Radl of Austria prepares to serve during her match against Ghana
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

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