The Coordination Commission of the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games concluded its first visit to the host city Singapore on 1 November with the message that the Games are on track for success.
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. "We can count on the full support of the whole of Government and all Singaporeans, as well as on a highly dynamic team committed to serving our vision for these Games",
concluded SYOGOC Chairman and IOC Executive Board member Ser Miang NG.
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 1st Youth Olympic Games was put forward by SYOGOC for approval. The sailing competition in Singapore will feature 100 hundred young sailors, aged between 15-16 years, competing across four events:
One person dinghy boys - Byte CII
One person dinghy girls - Byte CII
Windsurfing boys - Techno 293
Windsurfing girls - Techno 293
The seven members of the Coordination Commission were highly impressed by the Youth Olympic Village based at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 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 Organizing Committee emphasised in its presentations the importance of the culture and education programme. 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,"
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