NANJING Edin Dzeko AS Roma Jersey , China, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Their countries are in conflict but two gymnasts at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games are proof that the Olympic spirit is stronger than ever.
Nikita Nagornyy of Russia and Vladyslav Hryko of Ukraine, both 17 years old, are rivals on the podium with a firm friendship that has not gone unnoticed.
During the women's all-around final on Wednesday, the two sat in the stands together.
At training and between performances, they are often in each others' company Diego Perotti AS Roma Jersey , chatting and laughing.
Nagornyy, who has won five medals in the men's artistic gymnastics events including silver in the men's all-around final and three golds on individual apparatus finals, counts Hryko as a firm friend.
""I do not see us as competitors. Here, we're not rivals. We respect each other,"" Nagornyy said. ""It is an honour if someone beats you in a fair competition. It's not upsetting. We have a positive relationship and we're happy for each other and we support each other.""
Hryko, who won silver and bronze medals in the men's apparatus finals on Saturday night Lorenzo Pellegrini AS Roma Jersey , agreed: ""Of course we're friends. We've known each other for two years and we socialise. We hung out at the European Junior Championships [in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2014] and we've also met at other competitions.
""I travelled to Russia for a competition and we hung out together. We're good friends and of course, at competitions, we're training together.""
Hryko, from Kharkiv, in north-eastern Ukraine Juan Jesus AS Roma Jersey , acknowledges the effects of the conflict on gymnastics in his country.
""Of course this situation has an impact. They cut the funding for gymnastics. We need new equipment, we should get a new mat. They say they'll get one but, basically, we need money,"" he said.
""It's really scary now. There's shooting in Donetsk and Luhansk. Here, I'm distracted [by the Games] Bryan Cristante AS Roma Jersey , but when I was in Ukraine I was following what was happening. When the Boeing [aircraft on flight MH17] came down I was afraid to get on an aeroplane.
""Here, it's like a vacation, but I still want to get home sooner rather than later. I miss my family. It's nice here, but I want to go home.""
As for the future, both Nagornyy and Hryko have their sights set on the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
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Nagornyy, meanwhile, appreciates that making Russia's senior team will be ""very difficult"".
""I plan to qualify for Rio but it's not up to me. It depends on how I do and how they see me,"" he said.
Their friendship is a source of support beyond politics and borders and will no doubt stand them in good stead as they prepare to compete on the senior circuit, and at future Olympic Games.
LONDON, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Wednesday announced he triggered a "high" air pollution alert given the "shocking and illegal state of London's filthy air."
This episode was caused by toxic emissions blown over from Europe Rick Karsdorp AS Roma Jersey , coupled with London's filthy air, according to a statement from Khan.
"This is the seventh time in 13 months that we have had to use the alert system and shows just why air pollution is a public health crisis," said the mayor.
With the alerts triggered, relevant warnings will be displayed at bus stops, road signs and on the underground. Those with lung or heart problems are advised to reduce outside exercise, especially the young and elderly.
Khan said he is implementing a series of policies to tackle air pollution Robin Olsen AS Roma Jersey , including an ultra low emission zone, doubling funding to improve London's air quality and cleaning up the capital's bus and taxi fleets.
He urged the government to give him the powers he needs to tackle non-transport sources of pollution, and "we must continue to work closely with the European Union post-Brexit to effectively address the air quality crisis our city faces."
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OTTAWA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Remarkable progress has been made but contentious issues remain in the talks on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as the United States Stephan El Shaarawy Jersey , Canada and Mexico concluded a third round of talks here on Wednesday.
The three NAFTA parties said at the end of the five-day talks that much work remains to conclude the negotiations by the end of the year.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a press conference that there had been "five very productive days."
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said some issues related to small-and medium-size enterprises were resolved, but an enormous amount of work still needs to be done on other difficult matters.
Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said his country will continue to seek tangible benefits for all countries from the renegotiations, while he admitted that substantial challenges lie ahead for the next round in Washington on Oct. 11-15.
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