Inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games will take place Aug. 14-Aug 26, 2010 in Singapore. The multi-sport event is fashioned after the traditional Olympic Games, although some sports, such as modern pentathlon, for example, will have a few variations because of the age of the athletes.

What is the Youth Olympic Games?

The Youth Olympic Games is a multi-sport event that allows athletes from more than 205 countries around the world to compete against one another in the traditional 26 summer Olympic sports. To compete in the Youth Olympic Games, the athletes must be 14-18 years old and must complete the qualifying process set forth by both the International Olympic Committee and the athlete’s home country national governing body.

In total, more than 3,600 athletes will converge on Singapore, live in the Olympic Village, and compete against one another while representing their respective countries. Athletes will win gold, silver and bronze medals and will receive them through a traditional medal ceremony, similar to that of the Olympic Games.

History of the Youth Olympic Games

The background behind the Youth Olympic Games is fairly short, as the idea for the YOG was developed by IOC president Jacques Rogge in 2001. In 2007, the IOC voted to approve the Games in 2007 at the 119th IOC session.

The YOG are expected to take place every two years while alternating between summer and winter sports. In 2012, the first winter Youth Olympic Games will take place in Innsbruck, Austria while the 2014 summer Youth Olympic Games will take place in Nanjing, China.

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