NANJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The emblem of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games was unveiled to the public at a ceremony on Thursday in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province.
The emblem, with the letters of NANJING standing out in bright colors, showcases the energy and vibrancy of the youth.
The names of the host city, the Youth Olympics and the timing, together with the Olympic rings, are arranged into the shape of an ancient city gate and a local resident house to symbolize the unique features of the province.
Started at 7:30 p.m., the ceremony was attended by more than 2,000 people, including government officials, Chinese Olympic champions and representatives of the youth.
Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), sent a video message to congratulate the Nanjing 2014 Organizing Committee on the design.
The IOC president said that the emblem represents the passion of Nanjing for sports and culture, and the city gate symbolizes the "warmth and friendliness" of the Nanjing people.
"The combination of China's rich history and its bright modern outlook were clearly present," he said.
The Youth Olympic Games, which was initiated by Rogge, features athletes between the age of 14 and 18.
The first Summer Youth Olympic Games was held in Singapore last year. Nanjing was awarded the right to host the second Summer Youth Olympic Games from August 14 to 26.