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With young people, for young people

The first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are barely one year ahead of us. Singapore is preparing for its first Youth Olympic Games in August 2010. Around 3,500 young athletes will compete, learn and celebrate. The programme encompasses all 26 sports on the Olympic programme, as well as an active and interactive education programme.

The YOG are different from the “normal” Olympic Games as they strive to educate participants on issues that matter today, such as the fight against drug use and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This video gives insights into the real meaning of the YOG. Former high-level athletes and IOC members Sergey Bubka and Pernilla Wiberg explain what it would have meant for them to participate in such Games. “It would have introduced me at an early age to the Olympic values, that later became so important for me,” says Bubka.

Youth sports events are also being debated at the Olympic Congress in Copenhagen between 3 and 5 October 2009. With Singapore 2010 and the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012 around the corner, the Copenhagen gathering will certainly provide other refreshing and inspiring ideas, to ensure future YOGs remain true to their goals

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