NANJING, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--YOG Golf got off to a blazing start on 19 August at Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) as Tony Gil of Canada made the first hole-in-one in Olympic history during the first round played at the Zhongshan International Golf Club. Golf was welcomed back after its departure from the Olympic Games in 1904 while Rugby Sevens and 3x3 Basketball made their YOG debuts. Including these two tournaments, Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games introduced several changes to the sports programme in order to better adapt to the circumstances of the YOG and increase youth appeal.
On 20 August, the Australian women and French men won the first Rugby Sevens gold medals to be awarded on an Olympic stage since 1924. Honorary president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge was in attendance to watch the two games. Dom Du Toit, the winger from Australia, scored a hat trick as Australia beat Canada 38-10 to win the Women's Rugby Sevens gold medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Sports Park. France successfully avenged its earlier defeat at the hands of Argentina in the Men’s Rugby final, scoring three unanswered tries in the last four minutes to stretch out to a comfortable 45-22 victory.
The fan reaction to the Rugby Sevens event has been overwhelming, the venue filled with excited fans. “I always go to the Hong Kong Sevens event each year,” said rugby fan Loren Von Hogue from the United States. “Today, I was able to bring all my Nanjing friends out here so they can see what all the rugby sevens fuss is about.”
Apart from the Rugby, 3x3 Basketball is another new fan-favorite at the Nanjing 2014 YOG. The three-on-three format, sometimes called streetball, is the largest urban team sport in the world. “3x3 basketball focuses more on individual ability and personality, I think it’s more suitable for us young people to play,” said 17-year-old Niedermanner Jonas Maximilian of Germany after his team’s win against China. Rosales Juan of Guatemala added, “I love this sport. In ten seconds you can go from trailing behind to the lead.”
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