2010 YOG in Singapore: Preparations in Full Swing
Barely one month after the election of Singapore as the host city of the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010, preparations are already in full swing. On Saturday, IOC President Jacques Rogge, accompanied by IOC member Sergey Bubka, toured the city and some of the venues where the competitions will take place. “This matches exactly what the Youth Olympic Games have to be. The venues fit the purpose perfectly and on top of that they are all in a perimeter of a few kilometres”, the President underlined. The visit also included the NUS, the university that will host the brand new Olympic Village.
Sport, Education, Art
President Rogge and Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the Coordination Commission for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games, also had the opportunity to meet students from different schools and universities in which the National Olympic Committee had already launched an Olympic educational programme. In their presentation the students were highlighted the Olympic values, which form - according to them - “the backbone of all Olympic action”. Impressed by their study, the IOC President invited them to contribute actively to the “Virtual Olympic Congress”, a lead-up operation in view of the 2009 Congress in Copenhagen. The President also unveiled an artwork at the Singapore Olympic Academy. He then concluded: “Singapore will fulfil its mission to present an attractive and convincing cultural and educational programme. “
Official Host City Contract Signing Ceremony
During his stay in Singapore, the President paid a visit to the headquarters of the Organising Committee, where he encouraged the staff to proceed in the same enthusiastic and dynamic manner as they have done so far. He then attended the signing ceremony of the Host City Contract in the presence of Mr Miang Chian Meng, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sports, and IOC member Ng Ser Miang, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC).
The first Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore will bring together approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials in 2010. The sports programme will encompass all 26 sports on the programme of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, with a limited number of disciplines and events.
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