The Youth Olympic Games aim to bring together talented young athletes - age group 14 to 18 - from around the world. The first Summer Youth Olympic Games will gather approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials and feature 100 sailors in four sailing events: one person dinghy men; one person dinghy women; windsurfing men; and windsurfing women.
"This is a key moment for the Olympic Movement", said ROGGE to the journalists present in Lausanne. "Singapore has put together a very exciting project. Hosting the Youth Olympic Games for the first time is a great responsibility, and I have every confidence in the team in Singapore. I have no doubt that their professionalism and enthusiasm will be instrumental in the staging of successful Youth Olympic Games in 2010", he continued.
"The Youth Olympic Games are the flagship of the IOC's determination to reach out to young people. These Games will not only be about competition. They will also be the platform through which youngsters will learn about the Olympic values and the benefits of sport, and will share their experiences with other communities around the globe. We are looking forward to joining in the celebration in Singapore in 2010", ROGGE added.
ISAF Vice-President, Teo Ping LOW, who is the President of the Singapore Sailing Federation, said hosting the Games will be a terrific boost to sailing in Singapore.
"I am ecstatic with Singapore winning the bid to be the first city to host the Youth Olympic Games. It will propel sports in Singapore to a higher level, particularly sailing. The hosting of the Youth Olympic Games will be a motivation for our junior athletes and sailors to excel at the world stage," he said.
The 105 IOC members entitled to vote had cast their votes by post over the last few weeks. The sealed envelope with the name of the winning city was delivered to the IOC President during the announcement ceremony by the independent and certified notary who oversaw the process to guarantee confidentiality.
The IOC President thanked Moscow for its excellent efforts and the quality of its candidature. He also hoped that today's disappointment would not discourage it from bidding again.
ROGGE also paid tribute to the other seven Candidate Cities which took part in a candidature process that started in August 2007: Athens (Greece), Bangkok (Thailand), Debrecen (Hungary), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Moscow (Russian Federation), Poznan (Poland), Singapore (Singapore) and Turin (Italy).
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