Saturday, February 23, 2008

Singapore 2010

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on 21 Feb 08 that Singapore had beaten Moscow to host the inaugural Youth Olympics Games (YOG) in 2010.

The announcement brought cheers and exhilaration to the hundreds of supporters and officials including the Prime Minister, Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean and the sport officials (notably the bid advocates: Parliamentary Secretary for MCYS, Teo Ser Luck and IOC member Ng Ser Meng) who had gathered in front of City Hall to celebrate Singapore's YOG bid 'regardless of the results'.

One point that had tilted the winning scale in favour of Singapore was the promise by the Singapore government that the Olympics Games Village (which the IOC authorities had cited that Singapore had lack of) would be duly completed before the games.

The work has just began and with just two years to go, it may be hectic.

The hosting of the YOG has given Singapore's economy a strong shot in the arms.

Singapore would host a small scale Asian Youth Games next year (2009) as a 'preparation' before the mega scale YOG.

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