Youth Olympics Game

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Our pick of the Youth Olympic Games and the spots that’ll give you a taste of the real Singapore

First published on 11 Aug 2010. Updated on 27 Aug 2010.

TRIATHLON

Lock down areas F and G as prime spots to observe the teen triathletes blaze their way through a 750m swim, 20km cycle and finally a 5km run across East Coast Park.
Dates & times: 15 Aug, 9am (women’s final); 16 Aug, 9am; 19 Aug, 9am (mixed finals). Free. East Coast Park. Take a taxi.

Half-time hangouts
Eat:
Sample an island speciality – the East Coast Lagoon Food Centre’s Meng Kee Satay Beehoon (Stall 17) is a hot favourite, evident by the queues forming in front of the stall.
See: Camp overnight and enjoy the sunrise from Bedok Jetty. Apply for a free camping permit at www.axs.com.sg. Camping is only permitted at Area D due to preparations for the YOG.
Do: See how you match up against the pros and rent a bicycle or rollerblades (from $8) from of the many rental kiosks scattered about.

BASKETBALL

Three-on-three basketball (aka ‘streeball’) will make its Olympic debut at the YOG. Consisting of three five-minute periods, this oft-played half-court variation of basketball will strike a chord with local ballers. Keep an eye out for the towering Americans – one of them may just be a future NBA star.
Dates & times: 15-22 Aug, 9am. $10 (preliminaries), $15 (quarter-/semi-finals), $30 (finals). *SCAPE Youth Space, 2 Orchard Link. MRT: Somerset.

Half-time hangouts
Eat:
Have your fill of pasta and pizza at Italiannies’ ‘Never Ending Lunch’ Buffet for $15.90 (#01-02 TripleOne Somerset, 111 Somerset Rd; 6736 4211). Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm.
See: Take a time-out at Orchard Central’s brand spanking new Rooftop Garden (Level 11 & 12, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd), with its top-down view of Orchard Road.
Do: So you can’t slam-dunk, but you can attempt to scale new heights by climbing up Asia’s tallest indoor via ferrata (vertical climbing path) at BorderX (from $33) (#04-22 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd; 6884 4870). Abseiling and sport climbing options are also available.

FENCING

En garde! Prime yourself for the lightning-quick lunges and parries that come in mesmerising flurries in the fencing event, one of only four sports to have been featured in every modern Olympic Games (yes, it is that old). Can French pedigree match up to our Singaporean mastery? Watch the Foil, Epée and Sabre events to decide.
Dates & times: 15-19 Aug, 9.30am. $30 (day pass). Suntec City’s International Convention Centre (5 Temasek Blvd; 6337 2888). Take a taxi.

Half-time hangouts
Eat:
Originating from the land of kim chi, Mad for Garlic (#01-039 Suntec City Galleria; 6333 1507) offers dishes cooked with generous servings of garlicky goodness – all for the good of your health, of course.
See: Grand reminders of World War II stand tall in War Memorial Park and Esplanade Park. As you take in the city sights, spend a moment to remember our war heroes.
Do: Take a walk down to Parco Marina Bay’s next NEXT (Level 2, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd; 6595 9100), and be swept away by the creative talent of up-and-coming local designers Chalk and oreaduffy.

ROAD CYCLING

With the world growing more eco-conscious, interest in cycling is at an all-time high. Watch these pedal-pushing speed demons crank it up during the women’s time-trial and the men’s road-race finals.
Dates & times: 22 Aug, 9am. Free. The Float @ Marina Bay, 20 Raffles Ave. Marina Bay.

Half-time hangouts
Eat:
We’re a city of people who love our rooftop views. Visit another vantage point at the Esplanade’s Roof Terrace. Finish off with a cocktail at Orgo (1 Esplanade Dr; 6336 9366); resident mixologist Tomoyuki Kitazoe will shake it up to perfection.
See: Walk through Singapore’s first art park – the Youth Olympic Park – to learn more about the Youth Olympic Movement. Continue your stroll with a walk across the DNA-structured Helix Bridge leading to Marina Bay Sands.
Do: We hold the record for having the world’s tallest observation wheel. Take a ride on the 541ft-tall Singapore Flyer (from $29.50) (30 Raffles Ave; 6734 8829) to drink in the city’s landmarks.

DIVING

Combining athleticism and artistry, this sport is not for the faint-hearted as divers make 3m and 10m leaps of faith. Cheer on pint-size plunger Myra Lee, who’ll be representing Singapore in the 10m platform event. Dates & times: 21-24 Aug. $10 (preliminaries), $30 (finals). Toa Payoh Swimming Complex (301 Toa Payoh, Lor 6; 6259 4808). MRT: Toa Payoh.

Half-time hangouts
Eat:
Partake in a true Singaporean pastime…eating. Tuck into a delicious plate of rojak – a local favourite – at Soon Heng Rojak (#B1-23 HDB Hub, 480 Toa Payoh Central).
See: Learn about the famed story of Singapore’s public housing policy at the HDB Gallery (Basement 1, HDB Hub, 480 Toa Payoh Lor 6). Recently revamped to offer a multi-sensory interactive experience, it’s an eye into the future of the island.
Do: Cool off with a stroll through Toa Payoh Gardens to recount the day’s thrills and spills.

The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games take place from 14-26 Aug. Go to www.singapore2010.sg for further details and information on where to purchase tickets.

By Jonathan Tan
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