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Four Gambian athletes off to Youth Olympic Games

Aug 9, 2010, 2:10 PM

Four athletes from the Gambia Athletics Association Omar Ceesay, Ousman Gibba, Binta Jatta and Fatou Sowe yesterday morning left Banjul International Airport to attend the 1st Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore from 14th  to 26th August 2010.

The YOG is an event balancing sport, culture and education. The Culture and Education Programme (CEP) is hence an integral part of the YOG.

In line with the YOG's mission to educate and engage young athletes, inspiring them to play an active role in their communities, the CEP aims for the athletes to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee is committed to make the first-ever Youth Olympic Games a success.

The games target the participation of about 3,600 young athletes between 14 and 18 years of age, 205 National Olympic Committees and 1,200 media respresentives.

About 370,000 spectators are expected during the games.