First Youth Olympic Games Underway in Singapore

Singapore_Youth_Olympics_2010The very first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) has officially started in Singapore last Saturday, August 14. Early medal tally shows Asian sports powerhouse China in the lead but it is from a nearby neighbor who scored the very first ever gold medal of the youth quadrennial meet.

Yuka Sato of Japan took the very first gold medal for YOG after winning the girl’s individual triathlon event. However, China already has three gold medals while Russia and Azerbaijan have two gold medals each.

Meanwhile, current and reigning FINA 10-meter platform world champion Tom Daley of Great Britain is still in doubt as to whether he will be able to compete in YOG after incurring an injury in his triceps muscle. The injury forced him to withdraw in the 2010 European Championships last week. Daley, a participant in the 2008 Beijing Olympics is only 16 years old.

The YOG was first introduced by the IOC in 2001. It is aimed for athletes ages 14 -18. It will follow the format of the Olympic Games in which Summer and Winter editions will be held in an interval of two years.

The 2010 Singapore YOG will end on August 26 and is participated by 204 National Olympic Committees who will compete in 184 events spread in 26 sports.