Youth Olympic Village well received by athletes

August 20, 2010

Located amidst lush greenery of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus, the YOV provides athletes and officials with comfortable but not lavish accommodation and services. The quiet and serene environment is conducive and safe for the athletes to rest and prepare for competition, and in their free time socialise and participate in specially-designed cultural and educational activities.

The YOV is divided into two zones: the Residential Zone (RZ) and the Village Square (VS). The RZ is further organised into five clusters for easy orientation. Ten (10) Residential Halls are serviced by a Resident Centre with a front desk and be well-supported by common facilities such as TV rooms, meeting rooms, wireless Internet hot-spot access, prayer rooms and shared medical spaces. Laundry services are also  provided.

In addition, there are several training facilities for the athletes. It offers a dining hall, a Digital Media Centre including an Internet centre, a medical clinic, doping sample collection spaces as well as recreation activities. A shared services centre in the RZ supports the administrative needs of the NOCs, while the daily Chefs de Mission meeting are conducted just adjacent to it.

The VS is at the heart of the Village. Apart from the World Culture Village exhibition featuring the history and cultures of all the participating NOCs, musical performances, concerts, cultural and educational programmes, chat with Champions, and various sport-related forums are held there.

For the convenience of YOV residents, retail shops are available at the VS. There is a bank that provides services such as currency exchange, a general store, a post office and a ticketing office. To support the work of journalists, a Media Sub Centre will also be located in the VS.

Ireland’s Chef de Mission Martin Burke, explained ” the village campus has all of the services to help athletes prepare for and relax from competition. It aims to give the young athletes the experince of what a senior games village will feel like. Our athletes now have a better understanding also of the support services provided by the Olympic Council in preparation for these Olympic Youth and Olympic Games”

Irish Team Chef de Mission Martin Burke with athletes kate Veale, Emily Greenan, team coaches and performance support staff in Singapore


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