On 14 August 2010, the first ever Youth Olympic Games kicked off with 3,600 of the world’s best young athletes taking part in a spectacular opening ceremony at Singapore's Float@Marina Bay.
“You are our future and we want to help you take that future into your own hands,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said. "From this moment on, young people around the world have a chance to participate in a global forum that combines sport, education and culture."
The vision of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was to inspire young people around the world to participate in sport and adopt and live by the Olympic values. It was during its Session in Guatemala City in July 2007 that the IOC decided to create a new sporting event to educate, engage and influence young athletes inspiring them to play an active role in their communities.
Young athletes between 14 and 16 years of age, from 204 National Olympic Committees, descended on Singapore for 12 days of the Youth Olympic Games in which they participated in high-level competitions as well as in a Culture and Education Programme focused on five themes: Olympism and Olympic values, skills development, well-being and healthy lifestyle, social responsibility and expression through digital media.
The sports program in Singapore encompassed all 26 sports on the program of the 2012 Olympic Games, with a smaller number of disciplines and events. There were a number of variations with some disciplines being non-Olympic with mixed gender and/or mixed NOC events. The varied formats were designed with a focus on youth (such as the exciting 3-on-3 basketball) and also to encourage strong representation across the sports by many nations.
Each NOC had a limit of 100 athletes, with 30 from team sports and 70 from individual sports.
Arriving on a boat shaped as a giant dragon, the Youth Olympic Flame was carried by 16-year-old Darren Choy who lit a ribbon of flame that spiralled up a 32 metre lighthouse towards the cauldron burner, encased in a six metre high glass structure.
The Games were seen as a resounding success with the next summer edition planned for Nanjing, China in 2014.