YOG to help with health: Prince Albert II
The Youth Olympic Games will be a step towards improving the current lack of physical activity among many children and youngsters, according to Prince Albert II.
“It will serve as a better link to the younger generations,” said Prince Albert II. “Of what sport can do for everyone, especially someone young, and the great joy that can be taken from sport.”
Prince Albert II, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee and a five-time Olympian, said many studies show physical activity among children has decreased drastically in the past 10 years.
“It's not old fashioned or something to be cast aside,” said the Prince about physical activity. “It's also our responsibility to offer different solutions for kids to be engaged and active in sport.”
By creating the YOG in 2007, the IOC showed that its commitment to the youth of today and tomorrow is about action, not just words, by offering them an event of their own in the spirit of the Olympic Games.
“We wanted to show that you don't have to be a high-level athlete to enjoy sport, to show that sport can be accessible to all,” the Prince said.
The YOG will have international ambassadors who have been active in sport or are Olympians, acting in the role of motivators for the young athletes.
“By giving them role models of their generation, it'll show them that ‘OK this is cool, I want to do that sport because it's neat and it's something that I can relate to.’”
The first YOG this summer in Singapore will have roughly 3,500 athletes aged 14 to 18 participating in 26 sports.
By Kimiya Shokoohi, YOG reporter