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"I think the Youth Olympic Games provides theperfect vehicle with which to inspire young peoplearound the world to do incredible things throughsport," she says.The sports programme in Singapore will bringtogether talented young athletes from around theworld - aged from 14-18 - to compete in all 26Olympic sports, but with a smaller number ofdisciplines and events. Some sports will also include mixed gender ofmixed NOC events, while others will incorporate newformats especially for the YOG, such as three-on-three basketball. But the YOG are not just about sport. Sittingalongside the sports programme is the equallyimportant Culture and Education Programme (CEP). The CEP will include a variety of aspects,including workshops, community projects and artsand culture activities, allowing participants to learnabout important global issues, such as the ?ith the excitement building ahead ofthe inaugural Youth Olympic Games(YOG) in Singapore this August, it isamazing to think how far the event has come in justthree years. It was, after all, only in July 2007 that the creation of the YOG was approved in aunamimous vote by the 119th IOC Session inGuatemala City, signalling the beginnings of anexciting new chapter in Olympic history. The Youth Olympic Games will be the first newevent that the IOC has staged since the inauguralOlympic Winter Games in 1924 and will herald anew era for youth sport around the world. Infounding the YOG, President Rogge's vision was toinspire the world's young people to participate insport and embrace the Olympic values ofexcellence, friendship and respect. It is a move that has been praised by athletessuch as two-time Olympic champion YelenaIsinbayeva.YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES24OLYMPIC REVIEWAs the countdown to the first ever Youth Olympic Gamescontinues, Olympic Review looks at how IOC PresidentJacques Rogge's vision will soon become a reality and highlights some of the exciting developments that are happening as we approach Singapore 2010

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