NOCs focus on Singapore 2010
On 9 December in Lausanne, the traditional joint meeting between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Executive Council saw lively discussions, with the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 high on the agenda. Leaders of National Olympic Committees were in attendance to discuss preparations and pledge their support by sending the very best young athletes to the first Youth Olympic Games in August next year.
After the joint meeting between the IOC EB and the ANOC Council, Thomas Bach, an IOC Vice-President and President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) commented: “The meeting today reconfirmed the NOCs’ commitment to the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and beyond. Speaking on behalf of the DOSB, the bar has been raised for youth sport. We are very much looking forward to seeing our young athletes compete, engage with young people from around the world and promote the Olympic values.”
The Youth Olympic Games will be held between 14 and 26 August 2010, and will bring together 3,600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from all 205 National Olympic Committees to compete in the 26 sports on the Singapore Youth Olympic Games programme.
John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee, added: “Australia will participate with a full team and our best young athletes in Singapore. We know that some will go on to qualify for London 2012 and many more for Rio 2016. They are all very excited about Singapore 2010.”