• Successful Singapore Youth Olympic Games Come to a Close
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  • Fireworks light up the sky to mark the end of the Youth Olympics Games in Singapore
Aug 27, 2010-

 

The Closing Ceremony of the inaugural edition of the Youth Olympic Games was a dramatic and emotional end to 12 days of world-class sporting competition and cultural and educational activities in Singapore on Thursday night.

 Some 3,600 athletes aged 14 to 18 took part in the Singapore 2010 Games.

They were accompanied by 1,850 officials, and some 20,000 volunteers helped make the organisational aspect of the Games a success.

Medals were won by nearly half of the nations and territories (93 of the 205 territories) taking part in the Games.  And the Games featured a number of exciting new innovations, including new sports formats like 3-on-3 basketball, combined discipline cycling, head-to-head sprints in canoe-kayak, and new technology such as the modern pentathlon laser gun.

Many sports included a combination of mixed National Olympic Committee and mixed gender sports such as triathlon relays, archery, table tennis, fencing and swimming relays, to name but a few.

The more than 50 Culture and Education Programme activities were extremely popular with the athletes.

The first winter edition of the Youth Olympic Games will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012, while the second summer edition will kick off in Nanjing, China, in 2014.

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