Feb 22, 2008

First Youth Olympics in Singapore

Singapore has been announced as the host of the inaugural Youth Olympics in 2010. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the Asian city won the right to stage the first Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 games in a straight contest up against Moscow.

The result was unveiled by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Singapore beat Moscow in the final by 53 votes to 44.

Primarily aimed at encouraging youngsters to get involved in sport and spend less time in front of computer and television screens, the Youth Olympic Games will see 3,500 athletes aged between 14 and 18 competing in 26 sports. The sports programme will encompass all the sports on the programme of the 2012 Summer Games, but with a limited number of disciplines and events.

Singapore is proposing 24 venues, with four being built as temporary facilities, including one large cluster of 13 in its Marina-Kallang area. The Youth Olympic Village would be located at a new $460 million student residential complex at the National University of Singapore, slated for completion months before the event.


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