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The IOC also set up booths in the Village, whichprovided useful information on topics ranging fromhealthy living and positive body image, sexualharassment or the risks of betting in sport. The IOCAthlete Career Programme (ACP), in partnership withAdecco, was also present to provide guidance oneducation, life skills and employment.There were also booths operated by theInternational Olympic Academy (IOA), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Fair PlayCommittee (CIFP) and the International Federation ofRed Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Bylearning about these key global issues, it is hoped thatthe young athletes will engage in actively spreadingthe word in their own communities at home andperhaps take their experiences forward with them toan even bigger audience if they one day compete atthe Olympic Games."These athletes may become the role models ofthe future," explained Hartmut Stahl, ProgrammeOfficer at the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), which was using two 'energy bicycles' topower lightbulbs, and a stereo system to help educateathletes on the importance of energy efficiency."Alexandra Karaiskou, of the IOA, was impressed byhow well the athletes connected with the messagesthat were being conveyed. "The reaction has been far more than weexpected," she said. "Every day we've had around 150visitors, which has been very satisfying."The IOA booth enabled athletes to learn moreabout the Olympic values and the history of themodern Olympic Games through a variety of gamesand interactive displays, while some of the otherbooths addressed topics that could directly affect theparticipating athletes in the future, such as doping,living a healthy lifestyle and fair play. A dedicated"Health Zone" in the Village also enabled athletes tolearn about nutrition through interactive games andeducational videos."We're inviting young athletes to show the rest of48OLYMPIC REVIEWOLYMPISM IN ACTION

not known immediately who was the winner.Nevertheless, we decided to celebrate the moments ofvictory together! The most important thing was toshare our pleasure with each other. My aim is to talkabout this kind of experiences and encourage theyouth to live in the spirit of fair play."Other issues addressed include global matters suchas HIV& AIDS, voluntary blood donations, community-based first aid and children's rights. Young peopleaccount for 40 per cent of all new HIV infectionsglobally, and so the UNAIDS (Joint Programme of theUnited Nations on HIV & AIDS) booth concentrated oneducating the athletes on HIV/AIDS prevention through avariety of interactive games.Dawn Foreringham, the UNAIDS RegionalProgramme Advisor for Asia and Pacific, was anotherattendee who was impressed by the response fromthe young athletes."Our booth has been visited by about 100 people ?OLYMPIC REVIEW49OLYMPISM IN ACTIONthe world that they want to be part of something thatpromotes clean sport and that they believe in it,"explained David Julien, Education Manager at theWADA, whose booth featured a video game thattaught athletes about making the right choices whenfaced with drugs. "This could be the first time some of theseathletes have been exposed to doping control, so wewant their first anti-doping experience to be a positiveone so they can actually have fun."Olympian Tony Estanguet was one of severalAthlete Role Models in Singapore, and he was keen topromote fair play in sport, which was highlighted bythe CIFP on its booth."I think fair play is extremely important," said theFrenchman, a two-time Olympic champion incanoeing. "I experienced the real fair play spirit manytimes when I competed as a canoer. When I won goldat the Olympic Games in Athens, after the final it was"BY SETTING UP INTERACTIVEBOOTHS AND WORKSHOPS ATTHE HEART OF THE YOUTHOLYMPIC VILLAGE, THE AIM WASTO GIVE YOUNG ATHLETES ANEASILY ACCESSIBLE WAY OF GAINING A GREATER UNDER-STANDING OF THESE SIGNIFICANTGLOBAL ISSUES, WHICH AFFECTEACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM"Left Organisations such as UNICEF hadeducational booths at the Youth OlympicGames Above Athlete Role Model Pedro Yangshares his experience with the young athletes