25 March 2010

YOG updates

YOG moving smoothly@Straits Times

IOC president Jacques Rogge 'We still have a couple of months to fine-tune the preparations but I can say that I am extremely optimistic, I believe this is going to be a great event.'

IOC president visits YOG venue and Games Village@CNA

In conjunction with the his visit to Singapore, the IOC on Tuesday launched the Young Ambassador Programme.

Under the programme, 30 young people have been nominated by their National Olympic Committees to promote the Games in their respective countries and also assist the athletes during the Games.

IOC President Rogge gives S'pore glowing report on YOG work@CNA

Mr Rogge said: "The most defining characteristic is the association between elite sport, high level sport, and culture and education - something that for many reasons we are not able to do at traditional Olympic Games because at traditional Olympic Games, there is much more pressure on time, on training, on expectations, also on the athletes."

Turning to athletes, the IOC has signalled that it will be tough on doping. It will also not hesitate to act against those who cheat about their age, as this had happened in past youth events.

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