SINGAPORE: The names of the organising committee for the Youth Olympic Games will be made known next week.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Teo Ser Luck, said the list is being finalised and added that IOC members are keeping a close watch on Singapore’s progress, since winning the bid to host the Games.
The Youth Olympic Games organising committee will consist of more than 10 people.
Mr Teo said: “We have started to contact some people to join the committee. It’s still subject to approval. We have the initial draft of the first list of names already. They all come from different walks of life. Some are known, some are not. We hope to inject new faces as well.”
Besides the main committee, there will be various sub-committees, including one that will look into the development of athletes competing in the Games.
Sponsorship is another major component, and the rates are being worked out.
Mr Teo gave this update at the launch of the inaugural HSBC Women’s Champions event.
Current world number one, Lorena Ochoa from Mexico is making her debut in Singapore.
She leads a stellar cast of 77 top female golfers – competing for US$2 million in prize money.
But she will face stiff competition, especially from former world number one, Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam, who’s making a comeback from injury.
Sorenstam said: “I was diagnosed with my neck injury in April, so a year from now I feel great. I like to forget about that, I feel good again, I am working hard now and practicing as hard as I can.”
Others to look out for are Korean star Se Ri Pak and Norwegian Suzann Pettersen.
The HSBC Women’s Champions event, dubbed as Asia’s biggest women’s golf event will take place on Thursday at the Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course. -CNA/vm
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