Equestrian trio named as Youth Olympic Games ambassadors

YOGThree equestrians has been named among 105 ambassadors for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The eclectic list features active athletes, including Olympians and YOG alumni, sports coaches, students and young professionals, all aged between 18 and 25. The Young Ambassadors were nominated by their National Olympic Committees.

Greek showjumper Filippos Papageorgiou, equestrian coach Sacha Durocher, from Haiti, and showjumper Alaa Muntasir, from Sudan, join the other Youth Ambassadors in the role and will promote the YOG and the Olympic values in their countries. Their role will be to help the athletes of their national teams get the most out of their YOG experience.

They will gather in Nanjing from March 25 to 28 for a four-day seminar, when they will be fully briefed on their role, test out some of the workshops and activities that will be available to the athletes during Games times and experience Chinese culture.

The Youth Olympic Games medal for Nanjing, designed by Slovakia's Matej Čička.
The Youth Olympic Games medal for Nanjing, designed by Slovakia’s Matej Čička.

Following the success of the programme during the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, in 2010, and first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, in 2012, the number of Young Ambassadors has increased from 30 and 33 respectively to 105 in Nanjing.

The lessons learned as ambassadors will equip the athletes with the sports skills to perform to the best of their ability on the field of play, and the life skills to be true ambassadors of their sport off the field of play, inspiring young people in their communities to get active and embrace the values of the Olympics.

The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games will be held from August 16 to 28 in Nanjing, China. The sports programme will feature 28 sports, including golf and rugby sevens, which will make their debut on an Olympic programme before their inclusion in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The YOG also feature unique disciplines such as 3-on-3 basketball and 5-aside hockey, as well as mixed gender and mixed NOC events.

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