On Friday 14 August 2009 Singapore celebrated its One Year Countdown to the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
It is an important milestone for this new event for the IOC and the Olympic Movement in general.
Festivities were held at the Padang, a large field in the centre of the Singapore where, historically, large public gatherings take place, with one year the countdown kicking off at 20:10 - the same time as for the Opening Ceremony next year.
The event featured the unveiling of the 1st YOG Countdown clock. Other activities included the YOG Carnival - with sports tryouts and activity booths, the Olympic Day Run, concerts and fireworks. A special stamp has been issued by SingPost to commemorate the day!
Since planning and preparations for the inaugural YOG began 17 months ago, the Singapore Organising Committee (SYOGOC) has made excellent progress and is on track to deliver a memorable inaugural Youth Olympic Games. The IOC's vision is becoming a reality - a sporting event for the youth balancing sport, education and culture within the Olympic Movement, acting as a catalyst for initiatives with young people around the world.
The sailing competition of the first Youth Olympic Games will be held at Singapore's National Sailing Centre and will feature 100 young sailors competing across four sailing events:
Boys Windsurfer - Techno 293
Boys 1 Person Dinghy - Byte CII
Girls Windsurfer - Techno 293
Girls 1 Person Dinghy - Byte CII
The sailing events at Singapore are open to 15-16 year old, so in order to be eligible to compete at the YOG, an athlete must have been born between 1 January 1994 and 31 December 1995. Find out more about the qualification for the YOG here
The IOC Coordinating Commission has expressed confidence in the progress made in Singapore to date. In countdown to the Games, the IOC will continue to work closely with the Organising Committee to ensure that Singapore delivers an outstanding inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Find out more on the Youth Olympic Games at www.sailing.org/youtholympicgames