Six months to first YOG
Singapore is six months away from welcoming the young people of the world to the very first Youth Olympic Games. Sixteen venues are ready for the roughly 3,500 young athletes participating in 26 sports.
There will also be 30 Young Ambassadors from different nations and 60 CEP Champions from Singapore getting involved with the Games as athlete motivators.
“The young people have been very, very involved since day one,” said Singapore YOG Organising Committee Chairman Ser Miang Ng. “Schools are very involved and there are different activities, and groups have organised different events.”
Activities will include culture and education camps, which Ng said will be a chance for the young participates to learn the core values of the Olympic Movement.
“There will be many opportunities for [the young athletes] to find a balance,” Ng said referring to the mixture of sporting events and culture and education activities.
Singapore's YOG will be held 14 to 26 August and will have athletes aged 14 to 18 competing in the same events as those at the Summer Olympic Games.
Olympians have unanimously advised the young athletes that the YOG are a learning opportunity and a competition, but most importantly a chance to have fun.
By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter