IOC invites entries for design of 2010 Youth Olympic Games medals

19:48, October 27, 2009      

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has invited entries for the design of medals for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the inaugural YOG, tagged "Singapore 2010", will hold from Aug. 14 to Aug. 26, 2010.

The IOC said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that it was a chance for members of the public to make history by designing Olympic medals.

"People around the world are being invited to submit their designs for the medals to be awarded at the inaugural YOG," the statement quoted Sergey Bubka, chairman of the coordination commission for Singapore 2010 as saying.

The former pole vaulter said the concept for the first-ever YOG had always been multi-dimensional.

"It is not only to reach out to the 3,600 athletes who will participate in Singapore next summer, but also engage young people in the Olympic values wherever they may be," he added.

"By launching the first-ever medal design competition online, we hope to tap into the creativity and imagination of young people across the world," he said in the statement.

According to the statement, the public would also be invited to vote on the 10 best medal designs, which would then be submitted to an IOC jury to select the best design.

The winning designer will win a trip to the Singapore 2010 YOG to see first-hand his or her design being awarded to the athletes.

The winning designer will also win a gold replica of his or her design, the statement added.

The period for design submissions is between Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, 2009, while the public voting is from Dec. 7, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010 and the winner will be announced by Jan. 31, 2010.

Source: Xinhua
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