China's Young Ambassador for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore, Wang Kan said on Friday he will give all out to promote culture exchange among the young people from different countries and regions.
"The organizers of the Youth Olympic Games will hold numerous cultural activities alongside the competition. The 30 young 'ambassadors' named by their National Olympic Committees are asked to support the athletes before and during the Games as well as during their participation in the Culture and Education Program (CEP)," said Wang, a 24-year-old civil servant.
The Young Ambassadors are aged between 18-28, come from a variety of backgrounds -- from former Olympians to scholars. At the Games, the Young Ambassadors will mentor 3,600 athletes ranging in ages from 14-18 on what is means to be an Olympian and how aspiring stars should behave on an off the field of competition.
"The CEP could help young athletes to get a better understanding of Olympic value and of the world as well. The program such as 'Entering Communities' and 'World Culture Village' could enhance their sense of teamwork and social responsibility. It would be a valuable experience for all of us," said Wang.
"Some of the young ambassadors are retired athletes, so they are more influential than me, but I will also be instrumental in helping Chinese athletes fully enjoy the CEP and share our views and opinions with other participants athletes," he added.
The Singapore organizers of the first-ever Youth Olympic Games, which will take place from August 14 to 26, are hoping a big participation of athletes.
"During the Games, I will be busy. The Chinese athletes have different competition schedule every day, therefore I have to make a detailed schedule for them to fit in the CEP," said Wang.
The inaugural YOG will include 26 sports and 201 events. Some 5,000 athletes and officials from 205 countries and regions are expected to take part.