SINGAPORE, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- With the inaugural Youth Olympic Games(YOG) still underway, Internationa Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge already can not wait to show his satisfaction.
"I think these Games will be a resounding success," the IOC president told The Straits Times. "It's still five or six days to go, and you always have to be very careful, but so far I'm extremely happy."
Rogge visited the athletes' village at Nanyang Technological University on Friday, accompanied by Singapore YOG Organising Committee chairman Ng Ser Miang. He stopped by several cultural education booths set up by local students.
"This is really the main purpose of this YOG. We want to have something that was not a mini-Olympics, that was not a world junior championship, but would contain education and culture along with high-level sport," said a satisfying Rogge. "That's what we're getting here. The athletes, they love it."
The YOG is expected to be an international multi-sport events, consistent with the current Olympic Games format but balancing culture and education and also featuring athletes between ages of 14 to 18.