Nanjing 2014

Asian Youth Games close in a whirlwind of colour and music

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Gymnasium

The Sri Lankan flag is raised at the closing ceremony ahead of the 2017 Asian Youth GamesAugust 24 - The Asian Youth Games came to a close here tonight after nine days of engrossing sporting action with a Closing Ceremony celebrating the achievements of athletes and volunteers as well as a variety of talented young performers from across the city.

Ly Hoang Nam wins tennis epic as China finish top of the medals table at Asian Youth Games

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Sport Institute

The tennis venue at the Asian Youth GamesAugust 23 - Ly Hoang Nam may be a name that becomes much more familiar in future years as the 16-year-old tennis star from Vietnam played like a true champion here at the Asian Youth Games in overcoming the heat, a formidable opponent and the exhaustion of playing for almost three hours to win a thrilling men's singles title 6-7, 7-5, 7-5

Chinese too fast, too strong and too good in 3x3 basketball

By Nick Butler at the Wutaishan Sports Centre in Nanjing

China were just too good for Chinese Taipei in the womens basketball finalAugust 22 - A combination of home support and superior fitness saw two Chinese basketball teams overcome searching examinations from Chinese Taipei in 3x3, the exciting form of the sport which made its international debut at these Asian Youth Games four years ago.

Rugby sevens defies the conditions to light up a rainy Nanjing

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Rugby Field

A scrum in the thrilling Japan v Hong Kong showdownAugust 19 - Hong Kong's rugby sevens team provided one of the defining moments of the Asian Youth Games so far by defying several torrential downpours to beat bitter rivals Japan in a thrilling semi-final before maintaining their form to defeat Thailand in the final.

Squash teaches core Youth Games values

By Nick Butler at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre

The home crowd getting behind their team at the Asian Youth GamesAugust 18 - It has frequently been said that the aim of the Asian Youth Games is to introduce young athletes to the requirements of elite sport and this point could not have been underlined better than during a women's squash semi-final where mental rather than physical weaknesses were brutally exposed.