POSTED: November 1st 2008

Youth Olympics ramping up

YOG Coordination Commission / Image: Singapore 2010
YOG Coordination Commission / Image: Singapore 2010

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SINGAPORE: The first IOC Coordination Commission inspection for the first Youth Olympic Games of Singapore 2010 concluded on a high note just eight months after the selection of the host city.

The inaugural edition of the new Youth Olympics event taking place from August 14 to 26, 2010, will bring together 3,500 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 from all the 205 National Olympic Committees competing in the 26 sports on the London 2012 Olympic Games Programme.

“We are impressed with how the preparations have advanced. SYOGOC is very much on track”, said Sergey Bubka, chairman of the coordination commission, at the end of the visit.

“We can count on the full support of the whole of Government and all Singaporeans, as well as on a highly dynamic team committed to serving our vision for these Games,”added SYOGOC chairman and IOC executive board member Ser Miang Ng.

The IOC coordination members Bubka, IOC member and chairman; Nat Indrapana, IOC member; Syed Shahid Ali, IOC member; Raja Randhir Singh, IOC member; Frank Fredericks, IOC member and chairman of the athletes’ commission; Rania Elwani, IOC member; Guido de Bondt, NOC representative; Andrew Ryan, IF representative; and  Gilbert Felli, Olympic Games executive director.

Guidance and advice

Their role is to oversee the Youth Olympic Games preparations and to guide the Singapore Organising Committee.

Bubka said: "The presentations were of a high standard and we can return home with the feeling that our partners in Singapore have well understood the mission entrusted to them, and that they can cope with the considerable time pressure. We just have to keep up the same pace and vigilance for the remaining 22 months until the opening ceremony."

The Commission visited the venues linked to the 26 sport programme and were especially impressed with the Youth Olympic Village based at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus. This venue will not only host the 5,000 athletes and team officials but also be a training area and be used for the culture and education programme.

Within the culture and education sector SYOGOC has also just launched a Learning Center for Olympism. The concept is the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through sports, inspire sports practices and to educate youth on the fight against doping.

An estimated 200,000 to 300,000 visitors are expected ahead of the 2010 Youth Games.

Photo (above right): SYOGOC chairman and IOC executive board member Ser Miang Ng / Image: Singapore 2010

Keywords · Singapore 2010 · Youth Olympic Games · YOG · Sergey Bubka · Ser Miang Ng · Gilbert Felli

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