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Singapore to Host First Youth Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Singapore will host the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010.
The Southeast Asian city-state of 4.5 million people beat out Moscow in a vote of the International Olympic Committee. The result was announced Thursday by IOC president Jacques Rogge during a ceremony at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
Singapore has never hosted a major international multisports event but had a sentimental edge over the Russian capital. The IOC is eager to reward a city which might never be able to stage the full Olympics.
The Youth Games will feature about 3,500 athletes aged 14-18. The event is designed to encourage youngsters to get involved in sports and spend less time in front of computer and television screens. The first Winter Youth Olympics will be in 2012.

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