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More than 5,000 people came together on 14 August 2009 to celebrate the One- Year Countdown to the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games ( YOG). To mark the occasion, many activities were organised across Singapore. Some 3,000 youths participated in an Olympic Day Run organised by the Singapore National Olympic Council and McDonald's. Team Singapore athletes, along with hundreds of volunteers, marched into the Padang, a historic area in downtown Singapore, to show their support for the coming Games, where there were opportunities for the public to try out different sports ( including 3- on- 3 basketball, archery and rowing). " Come August 2010, Singapore will be ready to welcome athletes and officials from 205 National Olympic Committees ( NOCs), 26 International Federations, the International Olympic Committee and visitors from around the world for the inaugural YOG. Our preparations are on track, and Singapore is excited and proud to be part of this milestone event in Olympic history," said Ser Miang Ng, Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee ( SYOGOC). The IOC President, Jacques Rogge, sent his congratulations via a video greeting which was warmly welcomed by the crowd at the Padang ( the venue where celebrations were also held when Singapore won the race to host the inaugural YOG). The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the Countdown Clock designed by Omega, the Official Timekeeper for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. The 10- metre silver Countdown Clock was unveiled by Professor S. Jayakumar, Singapore's Senior Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for National Security. The 365- day countdown to 2010 was marked with a captivating firework display over Singapore. As the evening progressed, songs, dances and percussion beats turned up the party mood. BelowThe Countdown Clock is unveiled at the One Year- to- Go ceremony COUNTDOWNBEGINSTO 2010SINGAPOREGAMES SPORTSPROGRAMME DECIDEDFOR INNSBRUCK2012 The IOC Executive Board ( EB) has approved the sports programme, the Qualification System Principles and the age categories for each individual sport ( as proposed by the IFs) for the first edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012. The sports programme will have the same seven sports as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games sports programme: biathlon, curling, ice hockey, bobsleigh, luge, skating and skiing, with fewer disciplines and events. Some events will feature mixed gender and mixed NOC teams. The Qualification System Principles were created to ensure that the pillars of continental representation, performance, host country representation and gender equality remain the focus for participation in all competitions on the programme of the YOG. Finally, the age groups were defined according to three age categories: 15- 16, 16- 17 and 17- 18 years old, meaning athletes born between 1994 and 1997 will be able to participate. AboveSkating is one of the seven sports that will feature on the Innsbruck programme OLYMPIC REVIEW17