SPH official news agency for YOG (BT)

BackMay 20, 2010

THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) as the official host news agency for this year's inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

SPH's role will be to provide regular reports and full photographic coverage of the 13-day event, which will kick off with a grand opening ceremony at the Marina Bay floating platform on Aug 14.

Registered media will be able to download SPH's high-resolution images via the official YOG website ( and global news agencies will also distribute these images to their subscribers.

Goh Kee Nguan, chief executive officer of the YOG organising committee, said that he was confident that SPH would be able to 'provide a high quality of editorial and pictorial output that will help media from around the world in their coverage of the Games'.

On its part, SPH - South-east Asia's leading media organisation - said that it would deploy a team of photographers to cover the YOG, beginning in the lead-up in July. During the event proper, captioned photographs of selected sports competitions, Culture and Education Programme activities and other YOG-related activities such as the Singapore leg of the Youth Olympic Flame journey will also be available for download.

Said Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of SPH's English and Malay Newspapers Division: 'We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the IOC and the YOG organising committee, leading to a successful Games with good exposure internationally and locally.'

Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament yesterday that more than 1,200 accredited international journalists would be in town to cover the YOG.

StarHub has plans to launch a free Olympic channel to provide almost round-the-clock coverage, while MediaCorp and SingTel will offer coverage across various platforms.

The YOG will feature over 5,000 athletes - from 205 National Olympic Committees worldwide - aged 14-18, competing in 26 different Olympic sports.