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  • Singapore PM Visits IOC President for Youth Olympics Campaign


    Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will put a significant amount of educational activities into its bid. (Getty Images)  
    (ATR) The prime minister of Singapore says he has a better understanding of what his country must do to host the Youth Olympic Games after a visit with IOC President Jacques Rogge in Lausanne.

    Lee Hsien Loong lunched at the IOC headquarters and had a tour of the Olympic Museum with Rogge on Oct. 7.

    Accompanying the PM were Singapore IOC member Ng Ser Miang and Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan.

    "I thought it would be useful for me to come visit the IOC, particularly president Rogge and former president [Juan Antonio] Samaranch, to talk to them and understand what the requirements are, so that we can put in a better bid," said Lee.

    His government is very serious about the bid, he added.

    "It is a very major endeavor. We have had other major exercises before like the IMF World Bank but this is the Youth Olympics. It is the first Youth Olympics, so I think we will give it our very best shot," he continued.

    Singapore hosted an IOC meeting in 2005, and is scheduled to host the first night race on the F1 racing circuit in 2008.

    Lee says that hosting the Games would put Singapore on the international map and give the island country good publicity, as well as friendships with other countries.

    "We are a small young nation, multi-cultural by definition, open to the rest of the world. We may not have the biggest and the grandest of sports facilities but we believe we can make up for that through organization, through people and the friendships that we offer to the rest of the world," said Balakrishnan.

    The MCYS is a partner of the Singapore National Olympic Council in the 2010 bid.

    Lee and his entourage stopped in Switzerland specifically to visit Lausanne. After meeting with Rogge, Lee continued on to Hungary on official business.
    Singapore is one of ten cities biding to host the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. Candidate cities must reply to an IOC questionnaire by Oct. 26. The IOC will choose the host city via postal vote in February 2008.

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