IOC President praises preparations for first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

March 30, 2010

The 3 day seminar provided the delegation heads of NOCs with information and advice on how to prepare the athletes who will compete in August.

The visit included a tour of the sports venues, Culture and Education Programme activities, and participation in the seminar organised for the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) that will send athletes to the YOG.

IOC President Rogge and delegates visited the Youth Olympic Village, Games venues, the Opening and Closing Ceremony location and the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre.

President Rogge said, “This visit to Singapore has been a fruitful and constructive one, and I am pleased with the way the preparations for the Youth Olympic Games are unfolding. The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee is doing a great job, and it warms me to see that their enthusiasm for the upcoming Games matches mine. I am looking forward to a superb first edition this August.”

The President was also on hand to launch the Young Ambassador programme, a new initiative that engages 30 young people nominated by their NOCs to help promote the YOG in their regions and communities, and support the athletes before and during the Games as well as during their participation in the Culture and Education Programme (CEP).

The Irish delegation met with the Irish Ambassador Richard O’Brien and Embassy staff. They also had meetings with Singapore Institute of Sport Medical Director Cormac O’Muirahurtagh, who will provide services to the Irish team in August. Stephen Martin said, “we were very impressed with the organising committee staff ; this is the first world youth olympics and it has been useful to attend the sessions here to get some clarity on the sports and education programmes to ensure our athletes maximise the experience” he added “Ireland expect to be represented in 4 sports; athletics, boxing , rowing and sailing”

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will take place from 14 to 26 August.
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