Asian Youth Games
The hosting of the inaugural Singapore Asian Youth Games in 2009 was first mooted in Singapore’s candidature document for the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG). It was deemed a part of the YOG legacy and would serve as an ideal test event in preparation for Singapore’s staging of the Singapore 2010 YOG.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) approved of Singapore hosting of the AYG in 2009 at the 52nd OCA Executive Board Meeting held in Bangkok on 3rd April 2008.
The 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 will be a regional event open to all 45 OCA member nations and is expected to feature about 1,100 athletes aged between 14 and 17 years. The 9 sports offered are Aquatics (Diving and Swimming), Athletics, FIBA 3-on-3, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Football, Sailing, Shooting and Table Tennis.
The three primary objectives of AYG are:
- To gather the youth from around the region in celebration of youth, sports and learning;
- To provide a platform for youth in Asia to engage in friendly competition and imbibe the Olympic sporting values of excellence, friendship and respect; and
- To act as a forum for learning, cultural exchange and friendship amongst the youth.
Other than sports competitions, the AYG will also incorporate cultural and educational programmes into its itinerary so as to create a holistic learning experience for all participants. The focus is therefore on attaining a right mix between competitive sports, culture and education.