The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is one of the major events that is hosted in Singapore. The whole nation is thrilled when Singapore was announced as the host city of YOG 2010. Those who were sitting in front of the TV and those gathered at the Padang all celebrated this moment of joy!

YOG Countdown timer @ ION Orchard

Now, YOG 2010 is just around the corner. We can see the countdown meters in every corner — Jurong Point, ION orchard, and many other places.

Hosting the Youth Olympic Games in such a small country is not easy. The government has really put all of their efforts into hosting this event. The swimming pools and sport complexes have been renovated to welcome this event too. The government has also reserved a special road lane for YOG-related personnel to avoid having them trapped in a traffic jam during the event.

There is also a Youth Olympic Village located on the National Technology University (NTU) campus, which will accommodate 5,000 athletes and team officials. The village is divided in two zones, which are the residential zone and village square. You may click here to read more about the Youth Olympic Village.

During the event, various sports and swimming complexes will be closed, so those who wish to swim or use the facilities have to use an alternate location. Although this has caused inconvenience for lots of people, everyone still shows their support for this event. You may check for facility closures by visiting the Singapore Sports Council’s website.

Many have shown their support as well by signing up for YOG volunteers as marshals, facilitators, HR personnel, admin staff, and many other roles. The response was overwhelming. The registration is now closed, but you are still welcome to be part of the opening and closing ceremonies. The organizing committee is looking for people of different nationalities to be part of a special segment during the Opening Ceremony. If you are interested, click this link for more information.

There are 26 types of sports going on in different areas and locations of Singapore. Many who live around these locations will get to see the competition from a higher building. Check out the competition venues here. If you wish to get information about watching the competition up close, make sure you buy the tickets from the YOG Website. Or, you can choose to stay at home and watch it from your TV.

The YOG Ambassador Michael Phelps will not come to Singapore this time due to his competition schedule. It is a bit disappointing, but those videos that he published on the Internet, regarding Youth Olympic Games, were awesome. He truly inspired young athletes to train themselves to become better. How I wish I could have interviewed him personally and asked him a few questions on behalf of those who have great passion in swimming.

Youth Olympic Games YOG Mascots

YOG Mascots - Lyo & Merly

The two cute mascots for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, called Lyo and Merly, are indeed very unique and symbolize the lion city. Each mascot has a story behind them. The organizing committee has put a lot of effort into creating these two characters. Read more about them here. P.S. You can download them as wallpaper as well! If you are real YOG 2010 fans, make sure you get your YOG 2010 apparel and accessories from the YOG store. Wear all your YOG gear and be there to support your favourite team!

IOC President Jacques Rogge announce YOG 2010

IOC President Jacques Rogge announce Singapore as host city of YOG 2010

If you are one of those who like to play computer games, you have to try the Youth Olympic Games on the net. There are three sports game to choose from – archery, weightlifting, and diving. The archery game is extremely challenging, by the way. I can imagine doing it real life. It must be 100 times more difficult than playing the game on the computer. Try it!

Frankly speaking, I was amazed that we beat out Moscow. I can still imagine the scene when the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, announced that Singapore was to be the host city on 21 February 2008. I was totally thrilled!

Thanks to all the heroes who made it possible. The proposal submitted must have written very nicely to win!

26 more days to go…