30 June 2009

AYG officially open

Singapore's PM Lee opens inaugural Asian Youth Games@CNA

SINGAPORE: The inaugural Asian Youth Games (AYG) was officially opened by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday evening. The two-hour ceremony at the Singapore Indoor Stadium was attended by some 7,000 spectators.

18 June 2009

AYG H1N1 flu precaution plans

AYG Committee unveils H1N1 flu precaution plans@CNA

The AYG participants have been advised to get themselves vaccinated against the seasonal flu at least two weeks before they arrive, and to familiarise themselves with the current control measures in Singapore.

Upon arrival, each athlete will be issued a flu kit. Inside it include a health advisory, a surgical mask, a digital thermometer and a hand sanitiser. Athletes will also have to undergo twice daily temperature checks which will be supervised.

Participants are also advised to monitor their health closely and stay in their rooms if they are unwell.

But if flu-like symptoms develop, help is close at hand - a 23-room medical centre that has 12 isolation rooms and a pharmacy. The medical centre occupies the ninth floor of Swissotel, the athlete's village.

The centre previously consisted of eight rooms, but the organising committee has since decided to increase that number to the current 23.

20 staff including three doctors, two primary health care providers and two physiotherapists will be on hand to assist with any medical needs.

Suspect cases will be tested for H1N1 flu with a throat swab, and a dedicated ambulance service is available to ferry patients to the Communicable Disease Centre.

02 June 2009

opening of Kano Jigoro Memorial International Sport Institute

Japan sets up Olympic Institute to celebrate centenary@inside the games

May 30 - The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has marked the centenary of its country’s active involvement in the Olympic Movement by announcing the creation of the Kano Jigoro Memorial International Sport Institute.

The Institute, inaugurated exactly 100 years after Jigoro Kano became the first International Olympic Committee (IOC) member from Asia, will promote the values of Olympism in Japan and across the world.

Officials from Tokyo's bid to follow London and host the 2016 Olympics also hope that the formation of the Institute will demonstrate Japan's committment to the Games.

As a demonstration of Japanese society’s commitment to the Olympic Movement on all levels, the Institute will focus on Olympic education and research, the fight against doping and programmes to support internationally development through sport, they said.

Its establishment will ensure that the legacy of Jigoro Kano – the legendary founder of the long-standing Olympic sport of judo – will continue to benefit the Olympic Movement.

Like Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the IOC, Kano was passionate about the educational qualities of

The Institute will serve as a hub for the people of Asia and from across the world for the promotion of the social and cultural values of Olympism, international sporting and intercultural exchange, and world peace through sport, officials claimed.

It will also serve as a coordinating organisation for the international aid and contributions made by the Japanese Government and other entities through sports.

Formed in partnership by the JOC, the Japan Sports Association (JASA), the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Kano Jigoro Memorial International Sport Institute is also supported by the Japanese business community.

Hiroshi Okuda, the senior advisor to the Toyota Motor Corporation, is expected to play on its board.