POSTED: August 26th 2010
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IOC President Rogge gives first YOG his seal of approval

Jacques Rogge (left) and Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee Chairman Ng Ser Miang meet the press at the conclusion of the first YOG / SPH-SYOGOC/Geoffrey Pereira
Jacques Rogge (left) and Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee Chairman Ng Ser Miang meet the press at the conclusion of the first YOG / SPH-SYOGOC/Geoffrey Pereira

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SINGAPORE, Aug 26: IOC president Jacques Rogge has brought the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games to a satisfied conclusion. Brain child of the IOC leader he has been under his own pressure to see the event live up to his vision.

Rogge met the press and said, "The Youth Olympic Games exceeded vastly my highest expectations. I knew it would be well organised. I now have 22 Olympic Games under my belt but (Singapore 2010) ranks at the very top."

He also noted on the introduction of several new events such as 3-on-3 basketball, combined discipline cycling, head-to-head sprints in canoe-kayak, and new technology such as the modern pentathlon laser gun.

"The federations have been very innovative in several events and this has been well received by the athletes. Their enjoyment was contagious,” he said.

There were 3,600 athletes taking part in the event together with 1,850 officials and some 20,000 volunteers. Participants came from 205 nations with 93 delegations taking home medals.

Broadcasters also weighed in with over 160 rights-holders providing coverage and media attendance was strong with 1,900 accredited international media at the YOG.

Social media proved to be very popular on Facebook, Flickr and Twitter with the Singapore 2010 and Olympic Games pages now counting more than 100,000 “fans”.

Olympic.org was flush with traffic numbering two million page views in August alone and the Singapore 2010 site counted over a million visits since the 14th of August when the Games started.

Next on the YOG calendar will be the first winter edition in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012, while the second summer edition will kick off in Nanjing, China, in 2014.


Keywords · IOC · YOG · Jacques Rogge · Singapore 2010


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