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2010 Youth Games Bid Cities Justify Their Bids

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With two weeks before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announces the host city for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the two remaining bid cities – Singapore and Moscow - are trying to justify why they should host the event.

Teo Ser Luck, head of Singapore’s 2010 Youth Games bid committee, told Reuters, “the ideals and values of the Youth Olympics are tailor-made for small cities – not just Singapore but small cities around the world.

“We’re efficient, we’re effective, we’re multicultural. And safety is another big plus point. We’ll sell ourselves as one big Games village”.

Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong said in a statement, “I am confident that we can deliver a high-quality, memorable event that will celebrate the spirit of the Games, strengthen the Olympic movement (and) leave a lasting impact on young people around the world. We are a young nation and a small city-state but we have built a trusted brand name internationally as a reliable partner able to get things done”.

Instead of using its national stadium that will be developed into a sports complex with a 50,000-seat arena for completion in 2011, Singapore plans to use its Bishan stadium which hosts soccer games and athletics competitions and is being upgraded to hold 10,000 seats. Teo said the IOC didn’t want big stadiums and wanted to create a more comfortable atmosphere for the young athletes, so Singapore was planning to use existing facilities, reports Reuters.

Meanwhile Moscow says public support for its bid became evident during a series of sports events held there over the last few days.

Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow Mayor and the bid’s chairman said, “public support for Moscow’s bid is overwhelming. We are receiving incredible support from all over Russia. This is very important for Moscow’s bid, as sport is in our genes and people show their passion for hosting the Youth Olympic Games in Moscow”.

According to a media release 500 young participants of the Russia Open Chess Tournament voiced their support for the bid, and Team Russia also backed the idea of a Moscow Youth Games in 2010. They were joined by all young athletes who took part in the Bandy Championships, which were staged in Moscow recently.

Also more than 1800 people enlisted as volunteers during a skiing event at the Vorobyevy Gory skiing facilities. Write or read comments about this article

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