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The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
On August 14,2010, the much awaited first Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) hosted by Singapore will begin. The said event is officially known as the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and will last for 12 days until August 26, 2010. Singapore won the bidding to host the games against Russia after mail voting (53-44) by 105 International Olympics Committee (IOC) members.
The Youth Olympic Games with the theme "Blazing the Trail" envision the teen athletes around the world coming together in the spirit of the Olympic values - Excellence, Friendship and Respect. These young people will participate not only in sports events but also in the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) prepared for the duration of the Youth Olympic Games. There is much excitement and expectation in the air for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games.
From 170 participating nations, there will be 3,600 estimated athletes who will compete in 184 events in 26 sports - from aquatics (diving and swimming) to gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) to weightlifting and wrestling. A total of 184 gold medals will be awarded to the best teen athletes from around the world.
Overview of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games
Key Historical Events that Led to the Creation of the Youth Olympic Games
The Olympic Games are the most important international athletic competition in the world. The Olympics bring together thousands of the world's best athletes to compete against each other in various individual and team sports events.
The Olympic games trace its origins in Ancient Greece and were held from 776 B.C. to A.D. 393. The modern games began in 1896 and it was governed since then by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). From 1896 to 1992, the Olympics were held every 4 years except during World War I (1916) and World War II (1940 and 1944).
The Olympic Games used to just consist of the Summer Games held between July and October. But to adapt to social changes, 3 additional Olympic Games were introduced: the Winter Games, the Paralympics and the Youth Olympic Games.
in February 1924, the Winter Games were established to feature snow and ice sports, which were logistically impossible to hold during the Summer Games. In 1944, the Winter Games and Summer Games were divided and scheduled on four-year cycles two years apart. So, if the last Summer Olympics was in 2008 (Beijing, China), the next Summer Olympics will be on 2012 (London, England). While the Winter Olympics will be on 2010 (Vancouver, Canada) and 2014 (Sochi, Russia).
In the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Sir Ludwig Guttman brought 400 athletes with physical disabilities to compete in a "Parallel Olympics" which became known as the first Paralympic Games.
In 2007, the IOC announced the establishment of the Youth Olympics where teen athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 will compete. The first Summer Youth Olympic Games will be hosted by Singapore in 2010 and the first Winter Youth Olympic Games will be hosted by Austria in 2012. The sports events in the Youth Olympics will be shorter than the Olympics. The summer version will last twelve days, while the winter version will last nine days. The IOC will allow 3,500 athletes and 875 officials to participate at the Summer Youth Olympic Games, and 970 athletes and 580 officials at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Preparation for the Youth Olympic Games
Being the host city, Singapore is expected to provide sports facilities for the games; accommodations for the athletes, coaches, officials, and visiting spectators; adequate transportation, food service and cultural activities.
All the 18 competition venues and 7 non-competition venues are spread in five main clusters around the island. Competition venues include the Singapore Turf Club Riding Center, the International Convention Center, Marina Reservoir and Bishan Sports Hall. The Float at Marina Bay will be the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the YOG. All of these venues will be within 30 minutes of the Youth Olympic Village (YOV), the Main Media Centre (MMC) and the Olympic Family hotels (OFH).
The Youth Olympic Village is a special housing compound for the 5000 athletes and team officials. It will be located in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus where comfortable but not lavish accommodations and services will be provided.
Within the Youth Olympic Village will be several training facilities for athletes, Internet Center, Medical Clinic, World Culture Village Exhibitition, retail shops, a bank, post office and ticketing office. The Youth Olympic Village will be a home away from home for its temporary residents. Aside from the accommodations available in the Youth Olympic Village, there will be guaranteed rooms in 36 hotels including the Fairmont Singapore.
Tour the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Competition and Non-Competition Venues
What to Expect at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games
The Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony represents the commencement of the Youth Olympic Games. It is expected to be a colorful celebration marked by the "Parade of Nations" where athletes march into the stadium country by country. The climax of this event is the lighting of the Olympic flame. The torch relay will begin in Greece on July 2010 where the first Youth Olympic flame will be lit. The Flame will then travel to five cities representing the five continents, namely:
- Berlin, Germany, representing Europe
- Dakar, Senegal, representing Africa
- Mexico City, Mexico, representing the Americas
- Auckland, New Zealand, representing Oceania
- Seoul, Republic of Korea, representing Asia
Then, the Youth Olympic Flame will travel to Singapore where it will be used to light a caldron to mark the commencement on 14 August 2010 of the first YOG.
The Culture and Education Programs (CEP). The IOC has set a vision for the YOG to be an event balancing sports, culture and education. Through the Culture and Education Programs (CEP), the athletes will be educated and influenced to develop true sportsmanship and to live by the Olympics Values of Excellence, Respect and Friendship while having fun at the same time.
The CEP comprises over 50 fun, interactive activities crafted along the 5 educational themes of Olympism, Skills Development, Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyle, Social Responsibility and Expression. Various activities of the CEP include
- Chat with the Olympian Champions
- Discovery Activity comprised of hands-on exhibition and workshops
- Visit the World Culture Village where booth visitors can explore different cultures and participate in face painting and traditional games
- Get involved in Community Projects and make friends with local beneficiaries
- Enjoy the Arts and Culture through music performances, dance acts and inspirational artworks
- Spend a day outdoors and enjoy the Island Adventure where teamwork, friendship and mutual respect is developed through challenging physical activities
- Embark on a green adventure in an Exploration Journey to the HotPark and Marina Barrage, Singapore's newest environment-themed attractions.
Take a Peak at the Exploration Journey to the HotPark and Marina Barrage
The Theme Song. The theme song of the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games is "Everyone". It is sung and performed by 5 singers representing the 5 continents of the world: Jody Williams representing Africa, Sean Kingston representing America, Tabitha Nauser representing Asia, Steve Appleton representing Europe and Jessica Uboy representing Oceania.