China National Youth Games
First event1988
Occur every4 years
PurposeMulti-sport event for the under-21 athletes in the People's Republic of China

The China National Youth Games (simplified Chinese: 中华人民共和国青年运动会; traditional Chinese: 中華人民共和國青年運動會; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó Qīngnián Yùndònghuì) is a quadrennial multi-sport event for Chinese athletes under the age of twenty-one.[1] It was first held in 1988 as the China City Games.[2] The competition switched to be held the year before the Summer Olympics in the second edition in 1991. It has been held every four years since then and was given its current name from 2015 onwards, matching the nomenclature for the newly launched Youth Olympic Games.[3][4]

The purpose of the games was to improve the performance of China's best young athletes and promote widespread involvement in sport. Teams are organised on a city or district basis – in line with the designation of Chinese cities, athletes may come from the metropolitan area or its surrounding area. There are also teams sent by national organisations, such as the People's Liberation Army Navy.[5]

Following on from revelations of doping in China, the competition incorporated its first blood tests in the 1999 edition.[5] This trend continued, with over 1200 out-of-competition drug tests happening as part of the 2007 City Games. One cyclist and one wushu competitor were disqualified as a result. Anti-doping educational events were also held for both athletes and coaches.[6]

The athletics competition has provided high level performances including a women's 5000 metres world junior record by Jiang Bo in 1995, and another in the women's javelin throw by Xue Juan in 2003.[7] It has also featured future champions in the sport, including Olympic hurdles champion Liu Xiang and world marathon champion Bai Xue.[8]


China National Youth Games
Year Games Hosts Dates Teams Athletes Sports Events
1988 I Jinan, Shandong 23 October–2 November 42 2,695 12
1991 II Tangshan, Hebei September 96 ~3,000 16
1995 III Nanjing, Jiangsu October 50 3,344 16
1999 IV Xi'an, Shaanxi 11–20 September 57 ~4,000 16
2003 V Changsha, Hunan 18–27 October 57 6,648 29 289
2007 VI Wuhan, Hubei October[9] 57 ~3,000 189
2011 VII Nanchang, Jiangxi 16–25 October 57 6,034 25
2015[10] VIII Fuzhou, Fujian 18–27 October 82 7,959 26 306
2019 IX Taiyuan, Shanxi[11] 8–18 August


See also


  1. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2001-11-23). National Games conclude with double for Dong Yanmei. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  2. ^ China City Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  3. ^ 2015 China National Youth Games sponsoring fees valued at 30 million. Yutang Sports (2015-04-15). Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  4. ^ First National Youth Games opens in Fuzhou. Xinhua (2015-10-19). Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  5. ^ a b People's Republic of China City Games. ET97. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  6. ^ Mengjia, Wei & Rongfeng, Zhang (2011-07-03). Sixth Chinese City Games close in Wuhan. Xinhua. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  7. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2003-10-28). Xue Juan smashes the World Junior Javelin record in China's City Games. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  8. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2011-10-23). World youth medallists excel at Chinese City Games in Nanchang - Days 1-3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  9. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2007-11-01). Fast women's 5000m in China - City Games, Day Three. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  10. ^ The National Youth Games in 2015. ET97. Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
  11. ^ Shanxi to host National Youth Games in 2019. China Daily (2015-10-29). Retrieved on 2016-09-04.
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