The 1st Asian Youth Games was held in Singapore from June 29, 2009 to July 7, 2009 in over 90 sporting events.[1] The plan for the Asian Youth Games was part of Singapore's bid to stage the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics (YOG).[2] The purpose was to allow youths to use the chance to benchmark their performances against youth teams from Asian nations. The Games also provided Singapore with an opportunity to test organisational and logistical capabilities in advance of the 2010 YOG.[3] The organisation of the Games, spearheaded by the Singapore Sports Council, cost S$15 million,[4] which was part of the $130 million for YOG.

I Asian Youth Games
Singapore 2009 Asian Youth Games logo.svg
MottoAsia's Youth, Our Future
Nations participating43
Athletes participating1,237
Events90 in 9 sports
Opening ceremonyJune 29
Closing ceremonyJuly 7
Officially opened byLee Hsien Loong
Prime Minister of Singapore
Torch lighterTao Li, Remy Ong, Jasmine Ser
WebsiteOfficial website
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Torch relayEdit

The 1st Asian Youth Games torch relay started on June 28 morning with the Community and Corporate Leg. The flame lighting ceremony was held on June 28 at the Kallang Waterfront. The flame is then carried across the island in buses to arrive at the start of the three routes, named after the Olympic values of Friendship, Excellence and Respect. A total of 70 torchbearers were involved in day one of the relay.

The torch relay resumed on June 29 for the Schools leg, with the flame travelling to 45 schools around Singapore, where over a hundred runners had the honour of carrying the torch.

The relay ended at the Singapore Indoor Stadium where three athletes ran in with the torches and light the cauldron as part of the Opening Ceremony celebrations.

BrandingEdit

 
Official mascot

Theme songEdit

The theme song entitled Asia's Youth, Our Future was unveiled on March 19, 2009.[5]

The song carries the message of hope and friendship and was composed by musician Iskandar Ismail, and written jointly by Jose Raymond and Hoo Cher Liek.

The singers are Nathan Hartono and Lian Kim Selby.

EmblemEdit

The official emblem of the 2009 Asian Youth Games was unveiled on November 14, 2008 and designed by Brainwave Design. The logo, as described by Olympic Council of Asia, represents excellence and victory that the athletes will bring during the Games.[6]

MascotEdit

Frasia, which means Friends of Asia, is the name of the official mascot for the 1st Asian Youth Games.[7] The mascot embodies the values and spirit of the Asian Youth Games. The sprightly lion exemplifies friendship, respect and excellence. It constitutes a spirited representation of young hearts and minds in pursuit of sporting excellence.[8]

StampsEdit

Many countries' postal services have also released stamps, such as the Uzbekistan.[9]

BroadcastEdit

The sports events were broadcast 'live' primarily via the official website through 4 concurrent 'live' streams during the games period. It was the first multi-sport event to receive approval from the Olympic Council of Asia to provide broadcast coverage of all the sports events completely via digital channels.[10] Singapore's television channel, MediaCorp Channel 5 provided daily highlights of the Games. StarHub TV had 4 dedicated TV channels to provide coverage for the Games.

The opening ceremony was broadcast 'live' via the website. In addition, Video On-Demand Clips capturing key sporting highlights of the various games were made available.

VenuesEdit

 
Aquatics-Swimming was held here in the Singapore Sports School

The Asian Youth Games and the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games are expected to use the same competition venues.[11]

Venue Sports
Anglican High School 3x3 basketball
Toa Payoh Swimming Complex Aquatics Diving
Singapore Sports School Aquatics Swimming
Bishan Stadium Athletics
Siloso Beach, Sentosa Beach volleyball
Orchid Country Club Bowling
Jalan Besar Stadium Football
National Sailing Centre Sailing
SAFRA Yishun Shooting
Toa Payoh Sports Hall Table tennis

NTUC Downtown East originally was the planned Games Village for athletes and officials. However, a decision was made to move the Games Village to central Singapore at Swissotel The Stamford. The change was made as NTUC Downtown East does not have enough beds for the athletes. Due to the H1N1 outbreak, Swissotel The Stamford catered the ninth floor to suspect cases in athletes.

Opening ceremonyEdit

Themed Asia's Youth, Our Future, the inaugural Asian Youth Games opening ceremony on June 29 was held in the Singapore Indoor Stadium. More than 1,400 performers from 20 schools and tertiary institutions are taking part in the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony was graced by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Representatives from the Olympic Council of Asia and the Singapore National Olympic Council were also be present.[12] There were three segments which were showcased: 'Asia's Zest', 'Garden in the City', and 'Spirit Of Evolution'. The AYG cauldron was lit by three Singaporean young athletes, Tao Li (swimming), Remy Ong (bowling), and Jasmine Ser (shooting).

Participating nationsEdit

The Singapore Asian Youth Games 2009 saw an estimated 1300 athletes aged between 14 and 17 from 43 countries competing in more than 80 sporting events.[13]

SportsEdit

Attempts were made to stage all 26 YOG sports but, due to time and resource constraints, Singapore and the Olympic Council of Asia trimmed it to nine.[2][13]

There were a total of 9 sports, the 8 that the Singapore and the Olympic Council of Asia trimmed down from the 26 YOG sports as well as an addition sport of Bowling which is not an official Olympics Sport.

CalendarEdit

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
June / July 2009 20th
Sat
22nd
Mon
24th
Wed
27th
Sat
29th
Mon
30th
Tue
1st
Wed
2nd
Thu
3rd
Fri
4th
Sat
5th
Sun
6th
Mon
7th
Tue
Gold
medals
  3x3 basketball 2 2
  Athletics 6 3 9 10 28
  Beach volleyball 2 2
  Bowling 2 2 2 2 8
  Diving 2 2 4
  Football 1 1
  Sailing 5 5
  Shooting 1 1 1 1 4
  Swimming 4 7 7 7 7 32
  Table tennis 1 3 4
Total gold medals 8 8 16 18 13 9 18 90
Ceremonies
June / July 2009 20th
Sat
22nd
Mon
24th
Wed
27th
Sat
29th
Mon
30th
Tue
1st
Wed
2nd
Thu
3rd
Fri
4th
Sat
5th
Sun
6th
Mon
7th
Tue
Gold
medals

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Singapore)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China (CHN)25161152
2  South Korea (KOR)20171754
3  Thailand (THA)117220
4  Singapore (SGP)*961530
5  Hong Kong (HKG)58518
6  Japan (JPN)56415
7  India (IND)53311
8  Kazakhstan (KAZ)46414
9  Kuwait (KUW)33511
10  North Korea (PRK)1449
11  Iran (IRI)1326
12  Chinese Taipei (TPE)12710
13  Yemen (YEM)1001
14  Qatar (QAT)0202
  Vietnam (VIE)0202
16  Saudi Arabia (KSA)0123
  Sri Lanka (SRI)0123
18  Philippines (PHI)0112
19  Macau (MAC)0101
20  Uzbekistan (UZB)0033
21  Bahrain (BRN)0011
  Indonesia (INA)0011
  Malaysia (MAS)0011
  Myanmar (MYA)0011
  Pakistan (PAK)0011
Totals (25 nations)918992272

IncidentsEdit

An athlete from Philippines who was participating in the football matches came down with H1N1 flu.,[14] causing the Group A football preliminary match between Philippines and Chinese Taipei due to be played at Meridian Junior College at 5pm (1700hrs) on June 20, 2009 to be suspended till further notice. The player's condition is stable, according to the AYG2009 website.

Four cases of AH1N1 flu virus were discovered from the Hong Kong booters on June 22.

Malaysia has withdrawn most of its athletes (with the exception of their sailors) due to concerns over the H1N1 outbreak.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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