The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are planned to be an international multi-sport event held every four years in staggered summer and winter events complementing the current Olympic Games, and will feature athletes between the ages of 14 and 18. The idea for such an event was envisioned in 2001 by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge.
The summer version will last at most twelve days, with the first edition taking place in mid-summer of 2010 in Singapore; the winter version will last a maximum of nine days, with the first edition taking place in early 2012.
The IOC will allow a maximum of 3,500 athletes and 875 officials to participate at the summer games, while 970 athletes and 580 officials are expected at the winter games. Estimated costs are currently $30 million for the summer and $15 million-$20 million for winter games. However, the budgets for the final two bids for the inaugural Summer Games came in at $75 million (Singapore) and $175 million (Moscow), much higher than the estimated costs.
Singapore 2010 Concept Video
Singapore Youth Olympic Village
The Youth Olympic Village for the inaugural games in Singapore in 2010 will now be located at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus.
This is a change from initial plans to site the Olympic Village at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) S$500-million University Town, which is presently under construction.
Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010
14-26 Aug 2010