- 15 Feb 2008
- Olympic News
The Youth Olympic Games
The Youth Olympic Games are a sporting event for young people, balancing sport, education and culture. These Games work as a catalyst in these fields throughout the Olympic Movement.
1. to bring together the world’s best young athletes and celebrate them
2. to offer a unique and powerful introduction to Olympism
3. to innovate in educating and debating Olympic values and challenges of society
4. to share and celebrate the cultures of the world in a festive atmosphere
5. to reach youth communities throughout the world to promote Olympic values
6. to raise sports awareness and participation among young people
7. to act as a platform for initiatives within the Olympic Movement
8. to be an event of the highest international sporting standard.
The first ever Summer Youth Olympic Games will bring together approximately 3,200 athletes and 800 officials in 2010. The sports programme will encompass all 26 sports on the programme of the 2012 Summer Games, with a limited number of disciplines and events. The first Winter Olympic Youth Games will bring together around 1,000 athletes and 500 officials. The athletes will compete – for the first time in 2012 - in all seven Olympic Winter Sports. The YOG follow the traditional cycle of four years, with Summer Games in 2010, 2014, 2018, etc and Winter Games in 2012, 2016, 2020, etc.
Singapore to host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010
Singapore will host the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The result of the election based on the cast of 105 IOC members eligible to vote, was unveiled 0n 21 February 2008 by IOC President Jacques Rogge at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
Nine cities took part in the candidature process that started in August 2007: Athens (Greece), Bangkok (Thailand), Debrecen (Hungary), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Moscow (Russian Federation), Poznan (Poland), Singapore (Singapore) and Turin (Italy). Singapore beat Moscow in the final by 53 votes to 44.
Relive the announcement (Windows media) (Video 14:32 minutes)
Relive the announcement short version (Windows media) (3:00 minutes)
Official Website of Singapore
After the 1st Summer YOG in 2010 come the 1st Winter YOG in 2012
The IOC has already launched the bidding process for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012. A letter was sent out to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) informing them of the procedure and documentation available for cities interested in bidding for the Games. For more information on the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games and the bidding process:
Brochure 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012
Questionnaire 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012