Singapore Unveils Plan For 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Singapore unveiled its plan for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games Monday which includes live streaming of events, wireless Internet of the Games village, a digital concierge offering personalized information and services, and a virtual reality model of how the city will look in 2010.

Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, said it will cost Singapore about $100 million to host the event. reports that although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) holds broadcast rights to the Youth Olympic Games, Singapore’s bid committee hopes permission will be granted for the Games to be streamed on the Internet, should it host the event.

According to the plan the National University of Singapore’s University Town, which will be built on an old golf course, will be used as the Youth Olympic Village, with about 5,000 beds and a 2,000-seat dining hall. The village will have access to wireless Internet, and a Digital Concierge service will also be available via mobile phones and PDAs to provide real time updates of Games-related information.

Plans are underway to show what Singapore will look like in 2010. A virtual reality model is in the works and according to Straitstimes people can soon see it in avatar form.

Meanwhile a new $60 million Jurong West Sports and Recreation Centre opened Sunday which should help boost Singapore’s bid. It will host the Games’ preliminary football matches.

A group of students want to collect a million signatures of support for Singapore’s bid by Sunday November 17, two days before the IOC announces the short list of cities. By 4 p.m. Sunday the eight students from the Republic Polytechnic’s School of Sports, Health and Leisure, had amassed 900 signatures.