Nanjing 2014 best of the Opening Ceremony
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The IOC is giving her the chance of a lifetime – competing at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Margret Rumat Rumar Hassan from South Sudan got into competitive running through a friend who urged her to take part in a local competition. From these humble beginnings she will be one of thousands of young athletes taking part in the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
At the opening ceremony on the 16 August, she will have the honour of carrying the Olympic flag, representing participants who cannot compete under their national flag and will compete as a “Independent Olympic Athlete”.
Margret hopes to compete in the Athletics – 400m – Women race – She’s one of many Olympic hopefuls, who have great potential, but lack resources and local support. Now the International Olympic Committee is helping her realize her dream, providing transport, accommodation and other expenses to take part in the Youth Olympic Games, in what could be her first step to qualify for the Rio Summer Olympics in 2016.
This decision follows the historic agreement signed by IOC President Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two organisations at the highest level on a range of projects around the world, with the goal of building peace and bringing about social change.
In parallel, the IOC has started to work with the South Sudanese sporting authorities, the NOC of Sudan, International Federations and training centres in the region to identify and assist athletes from South Sudan with the potential to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
The Youth Olympic Games are a sporting event for the best young athletes from all over the world. An event distinct from other youth sports events, as they also integrate a unique Culture and Education Programme (CEP), based around five main themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles. The sports programme is based on that of the Olympic Games, with 28 sports featured on the summer programme and seven on the winter programme. In addition, the programme also includes exciting new disciplines and formats, such as 3-on-3 basketball, hockey 5’s and mixed gender and mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) events.
The feature will also include an interview with Margret and general views of her training and South Sudan.
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