Preparations for Youth Olympic Village on Track
With less than 65 days to the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010), preparations for the Games are on track. The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) has moved into the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus to set up its operations for the Youth Olympic Village (YOV).
Construction for the kitchen and World Culture Village booths have started, while communication cables for Local Area Network connectivity are being laid progressively. Bedding such as mattresses, linen and pillows for the bedrooms have also been delivered to the residential halls. The Games' look and feel, as well as signage will be installed from July. The team will also start familiarising its workforce around the YOV and carry out validation exercises to test its operation plans.
The YOV will officially open its doors on 10 August 2010 to receive athletes and officials taking part in the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.
Apart from accommodation, the Village’s residents will have access to sport training facilities, dining halls, medical facilities, recreational activities, retail outlets, as well as Culture and Education Programme activities such as concerts, musical performances and sport-related forums.
During a site visit to the NTU campus on 7 June, Dr Vivian BALAKRISHNAN, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports also announced the appointment of Mr TEO Ser Luck, Assistant Professor Canagasabai KUNALAN and Ms Joscelin YEO as Village Mayor and Deputy Village Mayors of the YOV for Singapore 2010.
As Village Mayor and Deputy Village Mayors, they will welcome 5,000 international athletes and team officials, and promote the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect to the residents. Through daily meetings and regular interaction with National Olympic Committee representatives, they will also help ensure that athletes and officials have a safe and memorable stay at the YOV. They will also participate alongside the residents in the Culture and Education Programme and other activities held within the YOV and serve as hosts for visiting dignitaries.
The three Village Mayors are prominent personalities in Singapore’s sport scene.
Mr Teo has been involved in the preparation for Singapore 2010 as Advisor to SYOGOC.
Assistant Professor Kunalan has won some 20 track and field medals for Singapore in the Asian Games, Southeast Asian Peninsular and Southeast Asian Games. He also represented Singapore twice in the Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968 Summer Olympic Games.
Ms Yeo, a former competitive swimmer, achieved 40 gold medals at the Southeast Asian Games and had represented Singapore in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and Summer Olympic Games.
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