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A Home Away From Home

Wednesday, 03 February 2010

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But youth athletes will have limited access.

The estimated 3,600 athletes competing in the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games here from Aug 14 to 26 will enjoy modern facilities and a wide range of services at the Youth Olympic Village.

These include air-conditioned rooms, complimentary daily laundry services, training facilities, medical, retail, banking and postal services.

However, they won't be able to enjoy Internet access from their rooms and must share common bathrooms.

Revealing these during a guided tour of the YOV for local media last week, the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (Syogoc) said the move to restrict Internet access was in keeping with character-building principles set out by the International Olympic Committee.

"We want to encourage athletes and team officials to come out, interact and socialise with members from the other participating National Olympic Committees," Martin Chan, Syogoc's head of village accommodation and operations, told MediaCorp. "It's also to free up their time to take part in the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) here."

The only areas inside the Village with Internet access will be the "TV rooms" - or rest and recreational rooms located in each hall - and meeting rooms.

The Village, which can accommodate over 5,000 residents, will be ready by July 27. Located on a 55-hectare site at the National Institute of Education (NIE) within the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) campus in Jurong West, it will be divided into two main areas.

The Village Square will host CEP activities, retail outlets, banking and postal services, meeting rooms, a 1,800-seater dining area and a media sub-centre.

In the Residential Zone, athletes and team officials will stay in 10 of the 16 halls at NTU - NTU hostelites will vacate the halls by mid-May. Single rooms will be reserved for chefs-de-mission, and double rooms for athletes and team officials.

Security will be tight, and visitors will have to apply for special passes and be escorted inside the residential areas.

To help make the Games environmentally friendly, motion sensors have been installed for lights, fans and taps in bathrooms.

While the Village is located at the western end of Singapore, the 18 competition venues are in central, northern and eastern Singapore. To ensure smooth transportation, shuttle buses will operate between the Village and competition venues.

There will also be Youth Olympic lanes based on a "give-way" concept, where dedicated but non-exclusive lanes along key routes will be allocated for all YOG 2010 vehicles.

Source: Today, mediacorp