POSTED: August 15th 2009

One year out to inaugural Youth Olympic Games

Countdown celebration to the first YOG / Image: Singapore 2010
Countdown celebration to the first YOG / Image: Singapore 2010

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SINGAPORE: The One Year Countdown was held in Singapore to celebrate the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) of Singapore 2010. A countdown clock was unveiled at the historic city hall to mark the 365 days till the Opening Ceremony.

The celebration was significantly opened at 20:10 Singapore time and was attended by over 5,000 fans, volunteers, government agencies, official sponsors and National Sports Associations (NSAs) to commemorate the launch of the YOG at the large gathering area, the Padang. The Games will be held from August 14-26 next year and Singapore has the responsibility of hosting the launch event for the initiative proposed by IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge in 2007.

Goh Kee Nguan, SYOGOC CEO, said, “Today signifies our one-year mark from the YOG and we are excited to see the crowd that turned up for this evening’s celebration. Festivities included a YOG Carnival, Olympic Day Run, stage performances by our local youths and a celebration concert and party.

“We thank everyone, who is here tonight, for coming onboard with us on the Singapore 2010 journey.  Delivering this once in a life-time international YOG that we can be proud of  will require  the participation of everyone, especially the people  in  Singapore.  For those who have yet to join us, we hope that you will do so soon. Together, we can deliver a meaningful and memorable YOG.”

Singapore ran against Moscow to win the vote to host the first edition of these youth Olympics. The IOC saw the inception of the event as a means to reach out to young people and a vehicle to renew the sports culture worldwide.

A youth event also is an excellent preliminary event for young Olympians to prepare for competition in the Olympic Games. Singapore 2010 is expecting to welcome some 5,000  athletes  and  officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with an estimated 800 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 500,000 spectators.

Young Olympians between the ages of 14-18 will contend the sports roster comprised of 26 sports and be able to participate in a culture and education program. As the IOC EB just recommended golf and rugby to inclusion in the 2016 Olympics if the IOC Session votes these on the program we will see them included in the first YOG as well.

Currently the IOC has also selected Innsbruck to host the first winter edition with Innsbruck 2012 prior to the London summer Games. The IOC has launched the bidding process for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games and will be announcing the candidate cities any time now.

The YOG was envisioned after the highly successful European Youth Olympic Festival that was launched in 1990 by Dr. Jacques Rogge and opens the door for the IOC to reach out to inspire the youth.

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