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Ten Years After Singapore 2010 YOG

There are good times and there are not so good times in life. When the time is a bit more challanging, we can always remember the happier moments.

Remember, that Singapore made the inaugural Youth Olympic Games happen. The first time in history, Olympics was dedicated to the youth rather than the sports professionals. IOC entrusted this task to Singapore because … I guess because they knew Singapore can do that.

When wife questioned me whether she should follow the call of a colleague who had asked her to join the YOG Organising Committee, I was all for it.

In Germany, participating in something like Olympics is a dream of many people. I never could because the last game in Germany happened in 1972. This was shortly after I took of my diapers.

When I had the chance to meet her colleagues at YOG, I knew joining this team was the right decision. She had the pleasure to work with really great people like Ng Ser Miang, BG Goh Kee Nguan, Dr Francis Chong and BG Eric Tan.

Great role models and good friends.

One day, she came home and told me that they met the IOC team. She was sitting next to a guy with the name Sergey Bubka. I was damn impressed.

Every German of my age who did not spend the last decades on Mars knows this name. You may have forgotten the name of the current ministers but you will remember the name Sergey Bubka.

In Germany, Sergey Bubka is as famous as Bob Beamon. Sergey Bubka broke the world record in pole vault 35 times. After he retired, his records stood for about 20 years.

He was Chairman of the Organising Committee of the Singapore2010 YOG.

And, my wife was sitting next to him…

If you are interested in more pictures of the Singapore 2010 YOG, please follow this link

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Uwe H Kaufmann

Dr Uwe H Kaufmann is the founder of Centre for Organisational Effectiveness, a business advisory firm operating out of Singapore. As consultant and coach with many years of experience, his passion lies in supporting organisations to improve their effectiveness. Uwe is a German national and Permanent Resident of Singapore. He has four children and nine grandchildren … and counting.

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