Singapore ahead of the Games

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Singapore is well on track in its preparations for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010 according to an IOC delegation.

The Coordination Commission for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games has concluded its first visit to host city Singapore. Eight months after the host city announcement on 21 February 2008, the Singapore Organising Committee (SYOGOC) has already established all the foundations necessary to stage the Games in 2010. "We are impressed with how the preparations have advanced. SYOGOC is very much on track, " said Sergey Bubka, chairman of the Coordination Commission, at the end of the visit. The Coordination Commission had the opportunity to visit various venues that will stage the 200 events in 26 sports. A master plan proposal for the venues for the Youth Olympic Games was also put forward by SYOGOC for approval. The seven members of the Coordination Commission were said to be highly impressed by the Youth Olympic Village based at the Nanyang Technological University campus. This site offers not only the capacity to host the 5, 000 athletes and team officials expected to participate in the Games, but also training facilities for many sports and excellent facilities for the culture and education programme. The Organising Committee emphasised in its presentations the importance of the latter. In order to match the different origin and languages of all participants, most of these activities would be centred on experience–based education, allowing the athletes to experiment and learn at the same time. The project also includes well–targeted communications initiatives, including a specific youth website and other digital applications to reach out to young people all over the world. "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, " concluded Bubka.

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