POSTED: March 23rd 2010

Rogge back in Singapore to praise YOG preparations as clock ticks down

Jacques Rogge marks the unveiling of the seminar rostrum
Jacques Rogge marks the unveiling of the seminar rostrum

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SINGAPORE, Mar 23: With the inaugural Youth Olympic Games now less than five months away, Dr Jacques Rogge has been back in Singapore for an update on progress for an event which has evolved from his mission of reviving the sense of Olympic inspiration among young people.

The president of the International Olympic Committee also attended a chefs de mission seminar and meeting with 30 young ambassadors and 60 ‘champions’ of a culture and education programme. This has been Rogge’s second official, update visit.

He said: “This visit to Singapore has been a fruitful and constructive one, and I am pleased with the way preparations are unfolding. The organising c ommittee is doing a great job and it warms me to see that their enthusiasm for the upcoming Games matches mine. I am looking forward to a superb first edition this August.”

The Youth Olympics run from August 14 to 26 and will feature 5,000 athletes and officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees along with an estimated 1,200 media representatives, 20,000 local and international volunteers, and more than 500,000 spectators.

Young athletes - aged between 14 and 18 years - will compete in 26 sports.

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