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The golden girl from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, figure skating queen Kim Yu Na.
13 Asian NOCs join inaugural Winter YOG


10 Jan 2012
Kuwait: A total of 13 National Olympic Committees affiliated to the Olympic Council of Asia will be among the 70 NOCs worldwide competing in the International Olympic Committee’s inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, this month. The first Winter YOG follows in the footsteps of the inaugural Summer YOG, hosted by Singapore in 2010, and will run from Friday, January 13, to Sunday, January 22, in the famous Austrian winter sports venue.

The 13 Asian NOCs are: China, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Chinese Taipei and Uzbekistan. Innsbruck 2012 will attract over 1,000 top athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 from around the world.

The athletes will compete in the same seven sports as those on the programme of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, but a number of the 63 events will feature for the first time at an Olympic event. These include ski half pipe, snowboard slopestyle and women’s ski jumping. In addition to mixed male and female events, there will also be mixed National Olympic Committee competitions.

The athletes will also participate in a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) featuring fun and engaging activities designed to provide guidance on a wide range of topics, including the Olympic values, the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, and the prevention of sports injuries, among others. Winter YOG Ambassadors include Korea’s golden girl from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, figure skating queen Kim Yu Na.
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