IOC Says Singapore 2010 On Track

Following its third visit to Singapore to inspect the city ahead of the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission said Friday Singapore 2010 is well on track and strongly on schedule with its preparations.

According to a Singapore 2010 press release, the sports program has now been finalized with the International Federations and the session-by-session competition schedule is close to completion, allowing for a launch of ticket sales shortly.

SYOGOC presented a “detailed” Culture and Education Programme for participants and local youth, using seven interactive formats such as “World Culture Village” and “Chat with Champions” – each stimulating action and activity, said the press release.

Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the Coordination Commission said, “the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee has worked tirelessly over the last six months and has now moved from Games planning to effective operational readiness. The progress of preparations is really impressive and SYOGOC should be commended for having gone such a long way in a short amount time to turn the IOC’s vision into reality.”

SYOGOC Chairman and IOC Vice President Ser Miang Ng said, “the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will bring together the best young athletes from around the world competing at the highest standards, and immersing in a rich Culture and Education Programme. SYOGOC is working with the IOC, NOCs and the IFs to ensure that the inaugural Youth Olympic Games are an event of the highest international sporting standards. All parties are committed to a successful YOG in 2010. The OG will be available on all broadcast platforms in Singapore and will reach out to more people around the world”.

Plans were also presented to the IOC for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, and around a “substantial” Singapore 2010 legacy. Singapore 2010 officials said more information will be announced in early 2010.

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