Moscow Bid Loses Out to Singapore

APCSKA Moscow's Theodoros Papaloukas putting up a shot as Barcelona's Jordi Trias attempts to block during their Euroleague Basketball Top-16 game in Moscow on Wednesday. CSKA won 72-55 to be two-from-two in Group G.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Singapore has beaten Moscow in its bid to host the first Youth Olympic Games in 2010.

The result of the postal vote, won 53-44, was announced Thursday by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

The Southeast Asian city-state of 4.5 million people has never hosted an event of this size, but held a sentimental edge over Moscow, with the IOC eager to reward a city that will probably never stage a full Olympics.

"We dared to dream, we worked hard to pursue our dream despite the odds, and now the dream will become a reality," Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said. He spoke at a public gathering in front of Singapore's City Hall, where around 5,000 students were assembled to listen to the result from Lausanne.

The Youth Games will feature about 3,500 athletes aged 14-18 competing in 26 sports.

The event, to be held every four years, is designed to encourage youngsters to get involved in sports and spend less time in front of computer and television screens. The first Winter Youth Olympics will be in 2012.

Moscow hosted the 1980 Olympics, and Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi was picked last year to stage the 2014 Winter Games.

IOC members are well acquainted with Singapore, which hosted the IOC general assembly in 2005 where London was picked as host of the 2012 Olympics.

Singapore, with a games budget of $75 million, will use 24 venues, including one large cluster for 13 sports. Nineteen of the venues already exist, four would be built as temporary facilities and one is under construction for equestrian.

Construction work began last month for a 5,000-bed residence at the National University of Singapore. The facility, costing $423 million, is due to be completed six months before the Aug. 14, 2010, opening ceremony at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium.

Singapore and Moscow made the final list after the elimination of Athens, Greece; Bangkok, Thailand; Turin, Italy; Debrecen, Hungary; Guatemala City; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Poznan, Poland.