Games They Can Call Their Own
Kimiya Shokoohi is a 19-year-old journalism student from Vancouver, Canada. During the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver she took on the challenge to report on the Games from a Youth Olympic Games (YOG) perspective. She worked as a roving YOG Reporter, interviewing athletes, spectators and sports personalities. Her images, videos and articles were relayed through the YOG microsite “The Cube” on www.olympic.org and through YOG social media platforms for fans of the Youth Olympic Games to follow. Whilst in Vancouver, she took the opportunity to grab a few words with IOC President, Jacques Rogge.
How did the idea of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) come about?
Jacques Rogge: The Youth Olympic Games is a project that I have had in my mind for a long time. When I was elected President of the European Olympic Committees in 1989, Europe was divided into two with the Berlin Wall in between. There was very little contact for young people between the two divided areas. I thought that a youth competition could help remedy that and we started the first edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Brussels in 1991. This was when I saw an opportunity to develop an international event that would couple sport with education and could act as a catalyst to engage young people around the world. I have always held a strong belief in the importance of sports events for younger generations.