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Youth Olympic Village For Singapore Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

In the Sunday Times published on 3 August 2008, it was announced that the Youth Olympic Village will be located at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Initially a $500-million, 19 ha University Town in Clementi estate was slated to be the new Youth Olympic Village. Currently still in the building phase, the project was due to be completed before the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010.

The authorities have cited escalating building costs due to pricier materials that rose by up to 35% in the past year, as well as spiralling transport costs due to rising petrol and fuel costs.

My Ng Ser Miang, chairman of the Singapore YOG Organising Committee, was quoted as saying,"We decided to take the more prudent approach of having the Village at NTU."

In any case, NTU was already listed in the initial bid proposals as the back-up Youth Olympic Village. The International Olympic Committee IOC has already approved the change in venue.

NTU will be upgraded with air-conditioning added to the hostel rooms and sprucing up of the premises. Nearby schools and facilities may also be upgraded for use during the Youth Olympic Games.

With this change in Youth Olympic Village, competitors and officials will need to spend ten extra minutes to get to their competition venues, except for sportsmen and sportswomen competing in BMX and moutain biking in Tampines, and sailing in East Coast Park.

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