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Michael Phelps Becomes Ambassador of Youth Olympic Games

By Robert Kelly On February - 22 - 2010

Fourteen-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps has become the first official ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games.

Phelps, who is in Vancouver to attend various Olympic Winter Games events, will support the YOG by encouraging the involvement of young people around the world.

In a press release by the International Olympic Committee, Phelps said, “The Youth Olympic Games is an excellent initiative, not only for the athletes competing, but also for those who are inspired to get into sport and be more active. I am delighted that I have been given the opportunity to become the first official ambassador of the Youth Olympic Games, and [I] can’t wait to get working with the YOG team to promote the first event this summer!”

IOC President Jacques Rogge was also quoted in the release, saying, “We are delighted that Michael is supporting our efforts to launch the Youth Olympic Games. Preparations for the inaugural edition in Singapore are on track, and the IOC is looking forward to welcoming 3,600 athletes to Singapore this summer!”

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games will be held Aug. 14-26 in Singapore. The mission of the YOG is to inspire young ...

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