IOC Impressed With Singapore Youth Games Preparations

Coordination Commission’s Chairman Sergey Bubka said following the first visit of the commission to Singapore, host of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, “we are impressed with how the preparations have advanced. SYOGOC is very much on track”.

Eight months after Singapore was chosen host city for the inaugural Youth Games, the organizing committee has already established all the foundations necessary to stage the 2010 Games.

SYOGOC Chairman and IOC Executive Board member Ser Miang NG said, “we can count on the full support of the whole of Government and all Singaporeans, as well as on a highly dynamic team committed to serving our vision for these Games”.

The Coordination Commission visited various venues that will stage the 200 events in 26 sports. A master plan proposal for the venues was put forward by the organizing committee for approval.

The seven commission members were reportedly highly impressed by the Youth Olympic Village based at the Nanyang Technological University campus that has the capacity to host the 5,000 athletes and team officials, but also has training facilities for many sports and “excellent” facilities for the culture and education program.

In its presentations the organizing committee emphasized the importance of the culture and education program. The project includes “well targeted” communications initiatives, including a specific youth website and other digital applications to reach out to young people all over the world.

Bubka said, “presentations were of a high standard and we can return home with the feeling that our partners in Singapore have well understood the mission entrusted to them, and that they can cope with the considerable time pressure. We just have to keep up the same pace and vigilance for the remaining 22 months until the opening of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games”.