Keep reading newspapers. Photo by Marcin Wichary, Flickr.

Keep reading newspapers. Photo by Marcin Wichary, Flickr.

With the start of the world’s 1st Asian Youth Games barely a month away (47 days and counting), here’s a crash course on the latest AYG news.

May 12th: FINALLY the chosen ones are here!
The games are what? 47 days away? It’s about time! Athletes have been named to rep Singapore for the upcoming Games, with only basketball, beach volleyball, bowling and football teams unconfirmed.

Singapore has athletes competing in all nine AYG sporting categories, with an arsenal of 24 swimmers taking up the bulk. You can look forward to cheering on familiar faces like Quah Ting Wen (swimming), Lynnette Lim (swimming), and Isabelle Li (table tennis), and many other rising stars.

National sports associations have until 14 May to confirm their athletes, so hurry!

Read more:
S’pore AYG contingent unveiled
Let the show begin
Places for Asian Youth Games

April 30th: Being given some premium grade green
I’m talking about Bishan Stadium’s football field being relandscaped with Zoysia Matrella grass, as part of a major facelift for 6 of the 10 sporting venues for the AYG. So fancy,  Mr Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth and Sports, tried to feed Frasia some of the new grass.

You can also look forward to upgraded facilities like a brand new synthetic running track at the Bishan Stadium to meet international standards. Entirely handmade. The stadium will be used for athletic events and come post-Games, us non-athletic types will be free to run all over the track as much as we desire.

Other AYG Event venues:
Toa Payoh Swimming Complex – Diving
Singapore Sports School – Swimming
Sentosa, Siloso Beach – Beach Volleyball
Anglican High School – FIBA 33 (3-on-3 Basketball)
National Sailing Centre – Sailing
Toa Payoh Sports Hall – Table Tennis
Orchid Conutry Club – Bowling
SAFRA Yishun – Shooting
Jalan Besar Stadium – Football

Read more:
Sports venues for inaugural Asian Youth Games undergo makeover

April 24th: How about a touch of class?
As mentioned before, Swissotel The Stamford will serve as the Games Village when athletes come to play at the upcoming Games. With its central location and five-star rating, the athletes will be able to kick back with style after a hard day’s work. The hotel will also be showing them around Singapore!

Trivia: The hotel is at 226 metres tall, and is currently the tallest hotel in the south of Asia, and third tallest hotel in the world.

Just wondering, can we stay too?

Read more:
Swissotel is new Asian Youth Games Village
AYG Games Village comes to town!

April 15th: The name’s Frasia
Remember xxx? Well, the smiling lion was named Frasia after a week-long contest to name AYG’s official mascot. Meaning “Friend of Asia,” the winning entry beat 1,470 others. I just bumped into him a few weeks back and he was beaming from ear to ear. I guess he loves his new name!

Read more:
Asian Youth Games: Frasia is official mascot for AYG in Singapore
AYG Mascot a hit in the community!

March 19th: AYG’s official mascot and theme song launch
An energetic lion jumped out to show us who’s the man, striking three poses that reflected the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. My personal favourite is his pose for Respect, very from-the-hood with a touch of heartland edge. He is AYG’s official mascot and would be named through a contest. So far our pet name for him is xxx.

Also, Nathan Hartono and Selby Lian Kim sang the AYG theme song, ‘Asia’s Youth, Our Future’, bursting with emotion and accompanying dancers. We were all transported into a mini-National Day Celebration. Nice.