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Singapore is off to grab the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

Singapore to bid for 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Posted: 10 August 2007 19:31 hrs

Singapore is putting in a bid to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

The Games will comprise a summer and winter meet just like the main Olympics, with the first YOG being held in 2010.

According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the purpose of the YOG is not to create a mini Olympic Games but to complement it, with a different character to the sporting event that will target youngsters aged between 14 and 18, adapted to the different sports.

The IOC has just published the bid procedure, questionnaire and event manual for the YOG and the Ministry for Community Development, Youth and Sport (MCYS) said in a news release that the chance to host the event would be "a golden opportunity for Singapore".

A multi-agency committee, comprising the MCYS, the Singapore Sports Council and Singapore National Olympic Council, has been formed to prepare Singapore's bid.

An Evaluation Commission, under the guidance of the IOC, may visit the candidate cities between November and December this year before recommendations go before the IOC, which should make its decision by the end of February 2008.

The MCYS said Singapore's young, small, multi-cultural nation will be an ideal site to fulfil the objectives of the Youth Olympic Games as conceptualised by the IOC and it wants to host talented young athletes from all over the world to celebrate diversity, friendship and hope for a better future through the promotion of the Olympic ideals.

The idea to organise the Youth Olympic Games was conceived in mid-2007 and approved by the IOC just last month, to boost the interest in sport among the young and to inculcate Olympic values.

The Summer and Winter Youth Games will alternate every four years, with the Summer events being staged in the years of the Olympic Winter Games and vice versa.

Drawing parallels to events such as the European and Australian Youth Olympic Festivals, the IOC estimates that there could be some 3,000 participants for the Summer YOG and 1,000 for the winter counterpart.

The YOG should further fuel Singapore's plans for a Sports Hub, which is set to be ready by 2011, just one year away from the YOG's 2010 date.

Located in Kallang just off Marina Bay, the Sports Hub will be Singapore's first fully integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle centre, with plans for a multi-purpose indoor arena, an indoor Aquatic Centre cum Water Leisure Centre for up to 6,000 spectators and a new National Stadium with a retractable roof.

It has already drawn a number of bids, with one bid revealed early this year for a horse-shoe shaped National Stadium with retractable roof and field, to allow for water-based sporting events to also take place in the stadium.

Singapore's original National Stadium closed its doors over a month ago to make way for the redevelopment. - CNA/sf

Link: Singapore to bid for 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Channel NewsAsia)

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Well, I am hoping for this bid to succeed because I don't think it has hosted something like this before, if I'm not mistaken. Also, I hope that they won't back down.

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Well, I am hoping for this bid to succeed because I don't think it has hosted something like this before, if I'm not mistaken. Also, I hope that they won't back down.

This could be a litmus test for Singapore to feel out how it could cope with a Commonwealth Games. and yes this could be a final test for Singapore's habit of backpeddling.

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The National stadium won't be open til 2011 . However , I think they'll use the Marina Bay floating stadium which has just hosted the National Day Parade . It is located at the heart of the city and seats 27 000. Just behind it , is the Marina Center which has 3 hotels . Its a world-first .

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can they use that stage for athletic events? nope they can't. they built that stage precisely for their NDP's and not for sporting events. If they can't deliver a stadium by 2010, there is really no point in continuing their bid. unless the IOC would require a smaller athletics venue then they should be alright.

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:mellow: Another thing that may not work in Singapore's favor is their intolerence of "Youthful" behaviour. Just ask Micheal Fay. With so many youngsters at the event, can Singapore put up with teenage exuberence!

I doubt it! Singapore is a Police State, it needs to be, but tolerence is something they are not known for. There would be a definite international backlash if an incident were to occur.

Singapore would be safer to host the CWGs than the Youth Olympics. Great place to work and play, I visit regulary, however a large influx of teenagers, especially of the American kind, would drive the authorities crazy.

I don't think Singapore realises what they are getting into.

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:mellow: Another thing that may not work in Singapore's favor is their intolerence of "Youthful" behaviour. Just ask Micheal Fay. With so many youngsters at the event, can Singapore put up with teenage exuberence!

I doubt it! Singapore is a Police State, it needs to be, but tolerence is something they are not known for. There would be a definite international backlash if an incident were to occur.

Singapore would be safer to host the CWGs than the Youth Olympics. Great place to work and play, I visit regulary, however a large influx of teenagers, especially of the American kind, would drive the authorities crazy.

I don't think Singapore realises what they are getting into.

Can the youngsters live without chewing gum throughout the Youth Olympics in Singapore?

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Alexjc, I am Singaporean and am proud to be one. I honestly feel and think you should not justify and excuse Michael Fay's behaviour and actions based on "youthful behaviour". I myself am a young person but do not think that vandalism and destruction of others property is acceptable behaviour, there can be youthful exuberance and behaviour, I am NOT denying that, but you must know where the boundaries are and where to draw the line.

Michael Fay was the one who was the criminal yet he and his parents considered themselves victims instead, and the West condemned us saying we were draconian and cruel to punish him by caning him. If the West were not so liberal in their approach and used harsh measures to control decadance and their growing problem with crime perhaps the West would have an easier time controlling crime. I myself has stayed in a Western country for a long period of time and I honestly feel that because laws are lax that gives rise to people not being afraid to commit crime and do harm to others.

So dont knock Singapore because of our tough stand on crime. And to The One, is not chewing gum for 2 weeks that intolerable?

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Can the youngsters live without chewing gum throughout the Youth Olympics in Singapore?

Actually , hardly anyone cares about this law. The police and so on close a blind eye for these laws . Sometimes even I smuggle some gum across though the airport customs. And in case you're wondering, I'm chewing Honey-dew flavour gum while typing this :)

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Singapore to put in better bid to host Youth Olympic Games

By Channel NewsAsia's May Wong in Lausanne, Switzerland | Posted: 08 October 2007 0218 hrs

LAUSANNE : Singapore now has a greater understanding of the requirements for the Youth Olympic Games, and will put in a better bid to host the event.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said this after meeting IOC President Jacques Rogge in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Singapore is one of 11 cities bidding to host the Games. Other candidates include Athens, Greece, Moscow, Russia and Malaysia.

Mr Rogge met Mr Lee and the two took a stroll to the Olympic Museum. They toured the museum and also held a lunch discussion where Mr Lee learnt more about the Youth Olympic Games.

Mr Rogge initiated this event which will involve about 3,500 athletes, aged between 14 and 18 years.

Mr Lee said the Games would be more than just a sporting competition. It is also a chance to educate the young.

"To get them not only involved in the Games but also healthy lifestyles, also values, culture and activities that go beyond sporting careers. So the Games are not just games, but also include a significant amount of educational activities as well and we are working that into our bid," he said.

Mr Lee said Singapore was committed to its bid for the Games and would give the bid its best shot.

"It is a very major endeavour. We have had other major exercises before like the IMF World Bank but this is the Youth Olympics. It is the first Youth Olympics, so I think we will give it our very best shot," he said.

Mr Lee said if Singapore gets to host the Youth Olympic Games, it will put the country on the international map.

He said it would also give Singapore good publicity, but more importantly he said Singapore would be able to develop friendships with other countries which hopefully will last a lifetime.

And Singapore's Sports Minister is confident the Republic has much to offer.

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said: "We are a small young nation, multi-cultural by definition, open to the rest of the world. We may not have the biggest and the grandest of sports facilities but we believe we can make up for that through organisation, through people and the friendships that we offer to the rest of the world."

The host city for the Youth Olympic Games will be decided in February next year. - CNA/de

Just found this news item. Looks like Singapore is serious about their bid (for once).

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I always thought, since the applicants were confirmed, that Singapore was the favourite.

Clearly, Singapore hosting the first YOG would be a great symbol. But I wouldn't count Moscow and Athens out.

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Clearly, Singapore hosting the first YOG would be a great symbol. But I wouldn't count Moscow and Athens out.

Well, I also wouldn't count Torino out. I see its candidacy ahead of Moscow and tie with Athens.

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The Straits Times , Singapore's local English paper reported that the following places will be venues ,

Marina Bay Floating Platform - Opening & Closing Ceremonies

East Coast Parkway - Sailing Events

Bishan & Jurong West Stadium - Soccer

Bishan Stadium - Athletics

Singapore Sports School - Woodlands - Swimming

Suntec Convention Center - Indoor Sporting Events

Singapore Indoor Stadium - Indoor Sporting Events - NOT CONFIRMED

Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel - To Host members of IOC & VIPs

Marina Bay Sands IR - Media Centre

NUS University Town@Warren - Games Village

It also reports that the venues need not be big with the IOC only requiring venues which can hold a few thousand people unlike the 10 000+ figure some of you mention.

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The Straits Times , Singapore's local English paper reported that the following places will be venues ,

Marina Bay Floating Platform - Opening & Closing Ceremonies

East Coast Parkway - Sailing Events

Bishan & Jurong West Stadium - Soccer

Bishan Stadium - Athletics

Singapore Sports School - Woodlands - Swimming

Suntec Convention Center - Indoor Sporting Events

Singapore Indoor Stadium - Indoor Sporting Events - NOT CONFIRMED

Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel - To Host members of IOC & VIPs

Marina Bay Sands IR - Media Centre

NUS University Town@Warren - Games Village

It also reports that the venues need not be big with the IOC only requiring venues which can hold a few thousand people unlike the 10 000+ figure some of you mention.

For the venue capacity, you can consult the IOC Questionnaire which states the minimum capacity. That's were I got the 10,000 figure for track & fields.

Your post also confirms that the floating platform does not seem suitable for track & field.

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For the venue capacity, you can consult the IOC Questionnaire which states the minimum capacity. That's were I got the 10,000 figure for track & fields.

Your post also confirms that the floating platform does not seem suitable for track & field.

True , just goes to show you how useless the floating platform is . As for capacity , the IOC requirement for the YOGs are smaller compared to SOGs so thus the smaller venue .

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Singapore has launched its bid logo (weren't bidders supposed NOT to make logos?) along with its bid-promoting website - http://www.singapore2010.sg

Singapore's Bid for 2010 Youth Olympic Games Kicks into Higher Gear

Singapore, 16 October 2007

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Singapore’s resolve to encourage excellence in sports and make sports a part of everyday life underscores the nation’s bid to host the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010. At a media conference today, Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Advisor to the YOG Bid Committee, released selected details on the bid, namely: (i) the logo; (ii) the strapline; (iii) the brand video; and (iv) the Singapore2010 website. The committee also called upon Singaporeans to rally in support of Singapore’s bid.

The core of Singapore’s bid is the celebration of the Olympic values - excellence, friendship and respect. Through its bid, Singapore hopes to inspire true sportsmanship among youths; and promote understanding and harmony among communities and with other nations. Young people are the key to realising this vision, and Singapore is fully committed to inspiring youth around the world to take up sports and embrace the values of the Olympic Games.

“Singapore is blazing the trail in making deep investments in youth and sports, and we are impassioned and ready to give the world a model inaugural Youth Olympic Games,” said Mr Teo.

“With the prospect of hosting the Youth Olympic Games, Singapore hopes to touch the lives of millions of youths with the Olympic values. I call upon Singaporeans to show their support and convince the International Olympic Committee of Singapore’s bid,” he continued. “I Support Singapore2010” is what the Bid Committee hopes Singaporeans and foreigners alike will proudly declare in rallying around the country’s bid.”

Latest developments on the bid are now made available through the newly launched Singapore 2010 website, http://www.singapore2010.sg. The website provides the latest YOG news, and tools for users to voice their support to host the YOG in Singapore. Over the coming weeks, the website will expand to include information on the bid plans, and host online polls and other interactive features; enabling Singaporeans and others to discover more about the bid, and collaborate and contribute their ideas and thoughts.

The city logo bearing Singapore’s national flower – the Vanda Miss Joaquim was also announced. The Vanda Miss Joaquim was chosen as the orchid is recognised internationally as a symbol of Singapore. Over the years, our national flower has also been used to foster national pride and identity. The Vanda Miss Joaquim's ability to bloom throughout the year also reflects Singapore's continuous quest for fresh ideas, progress and excellence in all aspects of life.

The bid tagline - “Blazing the Trail” - was selected by the Bid Committee to convey the spirit of innovation and the entrepreneurial and can-do-spirit of Singapore, making it an ideal partner to jointly blaze the trail with the IOC and host the first YOG. The Youth Olympic Games will serve as a catalyst for the sports movement and inspire communities globally with the spirit of the Games.

The Singapore 2010 video highlights the magic of the country, showcasing its beauty, vibrancy and diversity, while capturing the energy and passion of its youth. It will help in raising awareness and generating excitement among the community, and provide the world an insight into the culture and values of Singapore.

“Singapore is a young nation recognised as a global success. It is a nation built on the strong values of fair play, renowned for its ability to innovate and its commitment to excellence. The country offers these qualities, along with its world-class infrastructure and its values of ambition, enterprise and respect to the International Olympic Committee as a Candidate City for the first Youth Olympic Games,” said Mr Ng Ser Miang, the IOC Member from Singapore.

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