POSTED: October 31st 2008

YOG Centre teaches Olympism

Touring the exhibits / Image: Singapore 2010
Touring the exhibits / Image: Singapore 2010

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SINGAPORE: The inaugural Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG) of 2010 are branding the legacy by launching the first of its kind Learning Centre to teach Olympic Values and the history of Olympism.

Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), together with Olympic pole-vault hero and head of the IOC Commission to oversee the YOG, Sergey Bubka, opened the centre housed at the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) Headquarters.

The centre will focus on the Olympic Movement, Olympic Values, the 26 sports of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) and Singapore’s journey towards hosting the first YOG. There are eight zones in the YOG Learning Centre, each showcasing the different aspects of the Olympic Games.

“The opening of the YOG Learning Centre is a milestone in the Singapore 2010 journey. Its setting up attests to our commitment to promote the Olympic education,” said Ng Ser Miang, IOC Member and Chairman of SYOGOC.

“The Learning Centre is also the fruit of collaboration involving many partners and supporters. On behalf of the Organising Committee, I would like to thank the Singapore Sports Council, *Scape, National Library Board, the national sports associations, and the athletes for their contributions. The strong partnership and support from public sector organisations, sports associations and individuals will bring us towards a successful and meaningful Singapore 2010.”

More than just sport

Visitors will be able to purchase t-shirts and pins, take photos with the Olympic Torch, view some of the Singaporean Olympic medals, read about historic Olympic moments, and even try out table tennis, basketball, and fencing at interactive stations.

“Visitors to the Learning Centre can share the pride and glory of Singaporean Olympic medallists in their medal winning moments,” said Teo Chee Hean. “ Also on display will be medals of our first Olympic medallist Tan Howe Liang and our first Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu.

“We are all proud of their performance and that of our Singapore athletes who strive to put up their best showing in the international sporting scene. All these go to show that our dreams should not be bound by our small land size or population, and nothing is impossible if we have the aspiration and determination to fulfill our dreams.

“Preparations for the Games are progressing well. SYOGOC has completed its foundation planning and has begun operational planning."

The Minister also noted: “In the face of the current global economic uncertainty, the work ahead will be more challenging as ideas and plans come to life. SYOGOC is mindful of the concerns and remains committed to putting up an exciting and enriching programme for the inaugural YOG.”

Picture (above right): Sergey Bubka signing the commitment scroll as a SYOGOC staff looks on / Image: Singapore 2010

Keywords · Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG) of 2010 · Learning Centre · Teo Chee Hean · Sergey Bubka · Ng Ser Miang · Singapore Sports Council · *Scape · National Library Board · Tan Howe Liang · Yip Pin Xiu

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