IOC President visits Youth Olympic Village at NTU
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr Jacques Rogge, visited the Youth Olympic Village (YOV) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) this afternoon.
President Rogge, who is in Singapore from 22 to 25 March 2010 for an update on the preparations for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG), was hosted by Mr Anthony Teo, Secretary to the University and Chairman of the NTU YOG Steering Committee.
The YOV, occupying approximately 55 hectares (the size of about 80 football fields), consists of the Residential Zone and the Village Square. President Rogge’s first stop at NTU was the Hall of Residence 12 in the Residential Zone, where he was briefed on the upgrading works at the halls which started in December 2008 to ensure that the YOG athletes would have a safe and comfortable ‘home away from home’.
More than 5,000 athletes and officials will be housed in 10 halls at the YOV this August. The refurbishment works at the halls include painting, installation of air-conditioners, upgrading of rooms, furnishings, toilets and common areas, and landscaping.
President Rogge next toured the Village Square, also known as the ‘Heart of the YOV’, located at the National Institute of Education (NIE). This is where the YOG Culture and Education Programme (CEP) activities will be held for athletes to interact and celebrate the diversity of world cultures in a fun and vibrant environment.
Among the upgraded facilities at NIE is the main dining hall with a new glass canopy and sound-absorbing boards to enable the athletes to dine in a comfortable environment. NIE lecture theatres, which will be key venues for activities in the YOV, will have new carpeting and the corridors leading to them will have new lights installed. The changing rooms at the YOV have also been upgraded to provide better shower and toilet facilities for the athletes. President Rogge also viewed the upgraded sports training facilities at NIE.
About 150 youths from NTU and other local universities had an opportunity to interact with the IOC President at a dialogue facilitated by Mr Teo in an NIE lecture theatre. President Rogge addressed the youths on the topic ‘Translating the Philosophy and Legacy of the Inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010: Your Opportunity to Make a Difference’.
NTU is well maintained and suitably supported with good infrastructure such as IT connectivity, auditoriums, seminar rooms, tutorial rooms and other facilities. With upgrading and refurbishment, these facilities, which have served students and staff well over the years, have been spruced up to support the YOG, and will continue to be used by NTU students and staff after the Games.
All refurbishment and upgrading works will be completed by end-May 2010, well ahead of the YOG in August when NTU will be ready to welcome the young athletes to its beautiful lush, green campus, and to provide a comfortable environment that is quiet, safe and conducive for the athletes to rest and prepare for the competitions, and in their free time to socialise and participate in the CEP activities.
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