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PHOTOS: What are the Gen Next athletes up to in Nanjing?

Last updated on: August 26, 2014 14:40 IST

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The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event for young people from all over the world.

These Games bring talented young athletes aged from 15 to 18 from around the world.

The Youth Olympic Games are being held in Nanjing, China, from August 16 to 28 in 2014. The slogan of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games is ‘Share the Games, Share our Dreams’.

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Image: Dancers perform during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball at the Olympic Sports Park
Photographs: Feng Li/Getty Images

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

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.

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Image: Richard of France returns a ball as Placette looks on during their match against Sirinuch and Tangkaeo of Thailand in Beach Volleyball Women Pool D match during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic at the Olympic Sports Park
Photographs: Feng Li/Getty Images

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Placette of France misses a ball during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic beach volleyball at the Olympic Sports Park in Nanjing, China.

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Image: Action from Youth Olympic Beach Volleyball
Photographs: Feng Li/Getty Images

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Jessica Thornton of Australia celebrates with Salwa Naser of Bahrain after the women's 400m final of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre in China.

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Image: Jessica Thornton of Australia with Salwa Naser of Bahrain
Photographs: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

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Seda Tutkhalyan of Russia competes in the women's floor exercise final on Day eight of the Summer Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing OSC Gymnasium.

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Image: Many images of Seda Tutkhalyan
Photographs: Feng Li/Getty Images

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When athletes are caught off guard! Literally...

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Image: Conil Ignacio of Argentina pulls down Faraj Fartass of France during the Rugby Sevens final on day four of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Olympic Sports Park
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

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Veronika Cenkova of the Czech Republic competes in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Qualification on Day two of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

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Image: Veronika Cenkova
Photographs: Feng Li/Getty Images

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Trust women to get dramatic at any stage.

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Image: From left, Sofia Beggin and Chiara Teocchi of Italy win the gold medal in the cycling Women's Team Event
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

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These women can do anything to win that coveted medal!

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Image: Emma Lindqvist of Sweden challenges Mariana Christina Oliveira Fernandes of Brazil in the women's bronze medal handball match between Brazil and Sweden on Day nine of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at Jiangning Sports Centre Gymnasium.
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Emulating British cycling success on the Olympic stage will not come cheap but China has the potential to be a major player in the sport if it commits the proper investment, International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson said on Monday.

Cookson, who served as president of British Cycling from 1997 to 2013, said China had already seen some success in the sport but those results had come about more by accident than any grand plan.

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Image: From left, Relebohile Annastacia Pebane of South Africa, Domenica Michelle Azuero Gonzalez of Ecuador and Viviana van Hees of Netherlands ride in the Women's Team Event Road Race
Photographs: Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

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Now, the IOC boss, Thomas Bach gets in action.

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Image: IOC President Thomas Bach visits the Nanjing 2014 Sports Lab, which includes four non-Olympic sports: Rock Climbing, Roller Skating, Skateboarding and Wushu
Photographs: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

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Olympic 110m hurdle champion Liu Xiang attends the IAAF Kids Athletics Program at Wanda Plaza in Nanjing, China.

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Image: Liu Xiang
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The selfie moment spreads like a virus.

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Image: Members of Australia, Canada and China women's rugby team pose for a selfie after the Rugby Sevens final on Day four of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games
Photographs: SuhaimiAbdullah/Getty Images

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And they all fall down at the finish line.

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Image: Ben Dijkstra of Great Britain, front, celebrates with the other athletes after crossing the finish line in the Men's Triathlon on Day two of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games
Photographs: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

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Volunteers attend a farewell party after the matches during Day nine of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre.


Image: Volunteers at the Games
Photographs: Feng Li/Getty Images

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