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Singapore shortlisted for 2010 Youth Olympic Games


Singapore has taken a significant step forward in its bid to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) just announced that Singapore, together with four cities, have been shortlisted to host the inaugural Games. The other cities remaining in the race are Athens, Bangkok, Moscow and Turin.
"I would like to thank the International Olympic Committee for shortlisting Singapore for consideration as the venue for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. The Youth Olympic Games will celebrate sports and promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. We share these values, and believe that multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious Singapore is a working model of these values in action. We are a small nation with a big heart. We hope that come 2010, youth across the world would have the opportunity to come to our shores to ignite their passion for sports," said Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.
Singapore's bid was shortlisted after the IOC studied the nation's capabilities to host the inaugural YOG, as presented in its Candidature documents in the form of 15 themes as required by the IOC.
These themes include: concept and legacy; sports and venues; the Youth Olympic Village; education and culture; marketing; political and economic climate and structure; legal aspects; customs and immigration formalities; finance; medical services and doping control; security; accommodation; transport; technology; and media operations.
The IOC may potentially be sending its Evaluation Commission to each of the shortlisted cities to glean further information on their bid proposals sometime in December 2007. The evaluation visit would include visiting venues and sporting facilities earmarked for the Games. The decision on the Host City is expected to be announced by end February 2008.
Mr Teo Ser Luck, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports, hopes that as Singapore moves closer to hosting the Games, there will be even more support for the bid.
''Now that Singapore is on the YOG shortlist, I hope more Singaporeans and organisations will come forward to show their support and help bring the Games to Singapore. There are so many ways that they can do so. They can log onto the website to voice your support; or wear an 'I Support Singapore 2010' badge or T-shirt; or simply e-mail overseas friends and tell them about Singapore 2010. If everyone in Singapore does something small, the overall effect of telling the world about our bid would be huge,'' said Mr Teo.
According to Singapore National Olympic Vice-President and IOC Member from Singapore, Mr. Ng Ser Miang, ''I am sure many Singaporeans are very pleased that Singapore has made the shortlist. Singapore's Bid Committee has put in a good bid which will leave enduring legacies in sport, education and culture for Singapore, the region and beyond - long after the Games have ended. I am sure the Bid Committee is looking forward to sharing its proposals and plans with the IOC Evaluation Commission.''
Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games Bid Committee
19 November 2007

Source: Media Release 19 Nov 2007

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