A Tokyo 2016 delegation is attending the Asian Youth Games in Singapore being held June 29 to July 7, open to all Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) members.
Tokyo is hosting the second Asian Youth Para Games in September 2009, where 700 young disabled athletes will compete at competitions that will take place at the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chair and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “it is hugely exciting to be here for a new celebration of youth sport in Asia, which reinforces to us what a monumental boost a Games in the heart of Tokyo would bring to sports participation in the region. We are setting the stage for heroes with the most compact, sustainable and environmentally-friendly Olympic and Paralympic vision in history, and firmly believe in Tokyo 2016’s potential to unite young people worldwide with the Olympic Movement”.
Forty-five National Olympics Committees (NOCs) are expected to send about 1,300 top athletes ages 14-17 to compete in nine sports disciplines. These include athletics, aquatics (swimming and diving), FIBA 33 (a shortened form of basketball) beach volleyball, ten-pin bowling, football, sailing, shooting and table tennis.
Japan has sent 38 athletes taking part in six of the nine competitions.