2009 Asian Youth Games, officially known as the 1st Asian Youth Games and also known as Singapore 2009, was a pan-continential multi-sport event held in the city state of Singapore from 29 June to 7 July 2009, with 90 events in 9 sports.
|Motto||Asia's Youth, Our Future|
|Events||90 in 9 sports|
|Opening ceremony||29 June|
|Closing ceremony||7 July|
|Officially opened by||Lee Hsien Loong|
Prime Minister of Singapore
|Torch lighter||Tao Li, Remy Ong, Jasmine Ser|
|Main venue||Singapore Indoor Stadium|
The plan for the Asian Youth Games was part of Singapore's bid to stage the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics (YOG). 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. The organisation of the Games, spearheaded by the Singapore Sports Council, cost S$15 million, which was part of the $130 million for YOG.
The 1st Asian Youth Games torch relay started on 28 June morning with the Community and Corporate Leg. The flame lighting ceremony was held on 28 June 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 29 June 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.
The theme song entitled Asia's Youth, Our Future was unveiled on 19 March 2009.
The official emblem of the 2009 Asian Youth Games was unveiled on 14 November 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.
Frasia, which means Friends of Asia, is the name of the official mascot for the 1st Asian Youth Games. 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.
Many countries' postal services have also released stamps, such as Uzbekistan.
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. 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.
The Asian Youth Games and the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games are expected to use the same competition venues.
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.
Themed Asia's Youth, Our Future, the inaugural Asian Youth Games opening ceremony on 29 June was held in the Singapore Indoor Stadium. More than 1,400 performers from 20 schools and tertiary institutions took 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 present. 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).
The Singapore Asian Youth Games 2009 saw an estimated 1,300 athletes aged between 14 and 17 from 43 countries competing in more than 80 sporting events.
- Bahrain (22)
- Bangladesh (12)
- Bhutan (2)
- Brunei (2)
- Cambodia (3)
- China (81)
- Chinese Taipei (61)
- Hong Kong (46)
- India (48)
- Indonesia (44)
- Iran (54)
- Iraq (6)
- Japan (38)
- Jordan (8)
- Kazakhstan (34)
- Kuwait (35)
- Kyrgyzstan (26)
- Laos (21)
- Lebanon (2)
- Macau (32)
- Malaysia (27)
- Maldives (7)
- Mongolia (27)
- Myanmar (21)
- Nepal (21)
- North Korea (27)
- Oman (6)
- Pakistan (27)
- Palestine (9)
- Philippines (59)
- Qatar (31)
- Saudi Arabia (33)
- Singapore (90)
- South Korea (73)
- Sri Lanka (30)
- Syria (7)
- Tajikistan (2)
- Thailand (79)
- Turkmenistan (2)
- United Arab Emirates (18)
- Uzbekistan (32)
- Vietnam (28)
- Yemen (4)
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.
|●||Opening ceremony||Event competitions||●||Event finals||●||Closing ceremony|
|June / July 2009||20th
|Total gold medals||8||8||16||18||13||9||18||90|
|June / July 2009||20th
|2||South Korea (KOR)||20||17||17||54|
|5||Hong Kong (HKG)||5||8||5||18|
|10||North Korea (PRK)||1||4||4||9|
|12||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||1||2||7||10|
|16||Saudi Arabia (KSA)||0||1||2||3|
|Sri Lanka (SRI)||0||1||2||3|
|Totals (25 entries)||91||89||92||272|
An athlete from Philippines who was participating in the football matches came down with H1N1 flu, causing the Group A football preliminary match between Philippines and Chinese Taipei due to be played at Meridian Junior College at 5pm (1700hrs) on 20 June 2009 to be suspended till further notice. The player's condition is stable, according to the AYG2009 website.
Four cases of H1N1 flu virus were discovered from the Hong Kong booters on 22 June.
Malaysia has withdrawn most of its athletes (with the exception of their sailors) due to concerns over the H1N1 outbreak.
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