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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

18OLYMPIC REVIEW First Public Visitors to 2012 Stadium London 2012 wel-comed 150 competi-tion winners and their guests to the Olympic Stadium site for an exclusive preview of the construction progress made to date on the Olympic Stadium. The event was organised as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend and was the first opportu-nity for members of the public to see inside the Olympic Stadium. It was one of 750 Open Weekend events taking place around the UK to enable access to excellence in sport, arts and culture, and to celebrate ' three years to go' until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The visitors viewed the inside of the Olympic Stadium from the South Stand together with Gail Emms - one the UK's most successful Badminton players and a silver medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. They each received a souvenir photo to mark the occasion as well as a ' three years to go' commemorative £ 5 coin. The maple leaf has pride of place on the Official Posters of the Vancouver Games, unveiled by the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ( VANOC) and Canadian athletes. " One of Canada's most cherished symbols is the maple leaf. We put it on our flag, our uniforms and even our backpacks when we travel around the world. It sums up who we are - our shared history, values and goals as a country," said Nathalie Lambert, Canada's chef de mission for the Games. " That's why it's fitting to have the maple leaf on the official posters!" Lambert, a three- time Olympic medallist in short track speed skating, unveiled the posters with Jean Labonté, a 2006 Paralympic gold medallist in ice sledge hockey; and John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. The posters - the 21st produced for an Olympic Winter Games - will have a place in history alongside past Games posters, and are sure to grace bedroom walls, boardrooms and sports facilities around the world. This same signature " look" will also be found at Games time in 2010 - on tickets, banners, venue signage and buildings - giving the entire Host Region a seamless, festive atmosphere as it welcomes the world. AboveThe official Vancouver posters Like Athens in 2004, Turin in 2006 and Beijing in 2008, Vancouver 2010 will be closely examined by a GrandTémoin de la Francophonie, this time the former President of the Swiss Confederation, Pascal Couchepin, who was appointed by the Secretary General of La Francophonie, Abdou Diouf. The role of the Grand Témoin is to lead activities promoting awareness and observation of the French language, and increasing its use. At the announcement of this nomination, IOC President Jacques Rogge stated: " We are looking forward to working with Mr Couchepin. We have already had the opportunity of working with him in the framework of his functions within the federal government. His solid international experience and his knowledge of the sports world will certainly be valuable assets in his new role of Grand Témoin de la Francophonie." Pascal Couchepin is a key figure in the Swiss political landscape. He was President of the Swiss Confederation twice, in 2003 and 2008. Within the Federal Council, he led the Federal Department of Economic Affairs from 1998 to 2002. During this period, he represented Switzerland within the World Trade Organisation ( WTO) and served as Governor of the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( EBRD). Currently Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, he will leave this post in October 2009 to devote himself to his new mission promoting the French language at the Olympic Games. VANCOUVERUNVEILS OFFICIAL POSTERS ENROUTEFORPERFECTLY BILINGUALGAMES THREEYEARS TOGOFOR LONDON The London 2012 Organising Committee ( LOCOG) celebrated three years to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games on 27 July by holding a number of events to celebrate this landmark date. These included the opportunity for Team GB athletes to tour the Olympic Park and to travel on the new Javelin trains that will bring up to 25,000 spectators per hour into the Olympic Park at Games time. IOC President Jacques Rogge said, " A little over four years ago, Seb Coe presented a vision to the IOC members of Games that would make a difference. Make a difference to the athletes by giving them the experience of a lifetime, make a difference to the lives of people in London and across Great Britain through regeneration and sport, and make a difference to the IOC and the Olympic Movement. London 2012 and its partners are delivering on that vision. Their good work since Singapore is a testament to that fact, and I am in no doubt that in 2012 we will see great Games that will make a difference to us all." LOCOG has made solid progress with its preparations to stage the Game since its election in Singapore in 2005 . The external structure of the Olympic Stadium is now complete, the roof structure of the Aquatics Centre is over half way finished, and work is also progressing well on the Olympic Village, the Velodrome, the IBC/ MPC and the transport and infrastructure projects needed for the Games. BelowLord Coe with artistic performers LONDON 2012