The one-year countdown to the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore starts August 14, and organizers say preparations are on track but there are some areas that need work.
Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan said, “we had problems with spectator support and that also illustrates the necessity to make sure we have sufficient publicity, that people have sufficient sense of what is going on and they feel caught up with the excitement of the moment. We also need to make sure our own athletes from Team Singapore are well known to the public”.
Key progress areas include the introduction of the Olympic Education Programme to 500,000 school students, finalization of the sports venues and competition schedule by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), development of the Culture and Education Programme, upgrading works at the Youth Olympic Village, and volunteer recruitment of 15,000.
He added, “we have just 367 days to go before the Games. I am glad to report that we are on track and on time. Singapore is blazing the trail – we will set the benchmark for future Youth Olympic Games”.
There will be two mascots, a male lion and a female Merlion.
A Countdown Clock will be unveiled at City Hall Friday to signify 365 days to the Games. On the same day SYOGOC will launch an exercise for the naming of the YOG mascots. Unveiling of the mascots and their names will be in the last quarter of this year. People in Singapore and around the world are being asked to name the mascots, said Goh Kee Nguan, CEO of SYOGOC.