Join us in making Olympic history as Singapore hosts the first-ever Youth Olympic Games from 14 to 26 August 2010. During these 12 days, over 3,500 youths aged 14-18 from all over the world will compete in 26 sports to bring glory to their nations at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
Now, unlike the Olympic Games, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games won’t just focus solely on competitive sporting action. The International Olympic Committee intends to use the event to foster the Olympian values of excellence, friendship and respect — with special emphasis on interacting and connecting on global and cultural issues.
But it’ll also share similarities with the Olympics. For example, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will have a torch relay run and excitement will reach fever pitch when the flame arrives in Singapore after having journeyed to five different continents.
It’ll go on a six-day journey across the island before its final climax at The Float@Marina Bay, a 27,000-seater stadium whose arena sits on water which will be the scenic location for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games’ opening ceremony
What’s more, visitors will be able to catch some of the best sporting action right in the heart of the city such as cycling at the Float@Marina Bay, and sailing and triathlon at East Coast Park.
Aside from the locations in the city, there will be other competition venues across the country and if you can’t spare the time to visit all of them, here are our top five picks:
• Watch all the action on the track unfold with athletics at the Bishan Stadium.
• Experience the electric atmosphere of the football competition at the Jalan Besar Stadium, a mere couple of streets away from colourful Little India.
• Catch all the courtside drama with 3-on-3 basketball at *SCAPE in the middle of Orchard Road.
• Get great photo-ops of the city skyline when you attend the rowing events at Marina Reservoir.
• Cheer on the athletes in the triathlon at East Coast Park, Singapore’s largest and most popular public beach and park.
Additionally, there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to pick up mementos of this great occasion. The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Olympic Superstore is right smack in the middle of Orchard Road outside of Ngee Ann City. Here you can choose from a range of memorabilia to commemorate this historic sporting event. Among them are plush toys of the mascots themselves, Lyo (an adventurous lion cub) and Merly (a lively merlion cub).
Other commemorative items include official Games’ backpacks, water bottles, key chains, polo shirts and mouse-pads, to name a few. These are not only ideal souvenirs for friends and family back home, they are also collectors’ items since this is the first ever Youth Olympics Games.
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will leave a huge cultural and sporting legacy on our shores, and we’d like you to join us in sharing in this special occasion. It’ll be fun. We promise.
To find out more about the Games, visit the official website here.