Athletes from 26 sports will compete to be crowned as the initial world youth champion nation in this game.
Lyo and Merly will be the official mascot for the games. Lyo (from Leo?) is the male lion while Merly the female. Its such a significance choice because lion is associated with the island and LYO stands for Lion of Youth Olympics. Merly represent the merlion a symbolic image of Singapore related to her folklore.
As with other Olympics the significance of the Olympic torch to the sporting event is to reach out to as many people as possible and traditionally the flame will start from Olympia, Greece, the home of the Olympics. For this YOG, the first flame was lit in July 2010 and travel to one city in each of the five continents in the world. These five cities will represent the continents.
Malaysia will be represented by a 22 member contingent comprising of 13 athletes and 8 coaches and will be led by swimmer Alex Lim Keng Liat as Chef de Mission. Malaysia is expected to deliver medals in Badminton, diving and Yatching.
Malaysians…lets put our hands together and cheer for our athletes competing at the YOG. If we are far from achieving our dream of bagging the first Gold in the Olympics, this is an opportunity for our youth to mark the name Malaysia on the YOG roll of honour as one of the first Gold medallist in am Olympic Games.
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