POSTED: August 13th 2010

Inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Singapore 2010 set for grand opening

Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt is an athlete ambassador for the YOG / International Olympic Committee
Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt is an athlete ambassador for the YOG / International Olympic Committee

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SINGAPORE, Aug 13: The inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is fine tuning final preparations for the opening ceremony to let the Games begin for 3,600 young athletes from around the world.

The YOG Flame will be brought to the world’s largest floating stage, the Float @Marina Bay, to light the Olympic cauldron. It will ignite the Singapore 2010 YOG cauldron signifying the start of the Games and bringing in a new era of growth for the Olympic Movement.

The YOG is set to feature innovative new sporting events, cultural and educational activities using social media to reach out and entertain young people and etch their mark on the Olympic program.

IOC President Jacques Rogge who idealized the concept of the Youth Games writes, “The Youth Olympic Games, which will take place from 14 to 26 August in Singapore, will be about staging high-level competition in 26 sports while providing guidance and encouragement to some 3,600 of the world’s best athletes between the ages of 14 and 18.

“The Youth Olympic Games has a strong and growing presence on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. We have created contests that challenge the online community to move away from their computer screens and get active. We have enlisted some of the world’s top athletes, including Usain Bolt, Yelena Isinbaeva and Michael Phelps, to support the athletes by acting as role models and sharing their experiences and insights.”

No Olympic Games can be complete without the media to report the excitement and apart from the usual media corps there will be a group of Young Reporters. These will be 29 budding journalists between the ages of 18 and 24 who will be capturing the action in Singapore.

IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli said, “The Young Reporters programme will allow future journalists to gain an Olympic experience with the chance to understand first-hand how media operates in an Olympic environment. The training sessions, provided by top professionals, will provide great mentoring to these young people, who are eager to participate in this first edition of the Youth Olympic Games.”

The YOG will also be televised in over 160 territories across all five continents by the IOC’s rights holding broadcast partners. The first winter edition will be held in 2012 at Innsbruck, Austria.

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