Singapore will host the first Asian Youth Olympics in preparation for 2010 Youth Olympics.
S’pore to host first Asian Youth Games next year
FIRST Asia, then the world. Singapore will welcome about 1,000 young athletes from 44 countries next July for the first Asian Youth Games.
The Olympic Council of Asia has given Singapore the nod to host the multi-sport event for athletes aged between 14 and 18.
Top juniors will be here next year from July 2 to July 10 to compete in sports including athletics, swimming, shooting, table tennis, sailing, basketball and bowling.
The event is seen as practice ahead of the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) here in 2010.
‘It will be a good way to test our organisational and logistical capabilities,’ said Senior Parliamentary Secretary (Community Development, Youth and Sports) Teo Ser Luck. ‘It’s also an avenue for us to build good relations in the Asian family.’
The last time Singapore hosted a multi-sport event was in 1993, when the South-east Asia Games were held here.
Singapore had suggested holding the Asian Youth Games as part of its successful bid to stage the YOG. Next year’s event will be about a third of the size of the YOG, which will involve 26 sports and 3,600 athletes.
The competition venues are expected to be the same.
The organisation of next year’s Games, to be spearheaded by the Singapore Sports Council, is expected to cost at least $13 million.
National sailor Nathan Tang is already hoping to take to the seas in both upcoming games.
The 13-year-old Raffles Institution student said: ‘Racing with the world’s best youth sailors on home waters would be very exciting. I will train hard and aim to get selected, and hope to do Singapore proud.’
Source: Straits Times Interactive 24 June 2008, retrieved 0024h UTC+1.
Ivan @ June 24, 2008