In case you don’t know (and chances are you won’t) Singapore is currently holding the inaugural Asian Youth Games (AYG) at the moment. Young athletes from around Asia are currently battling for honors; unfortunately the AYG so far has been nothing short of a disastrous.
First even before the games began, there was the H1N1 scare. Several athletes from various countries had been struck by the H1N1 and their teammates had to be isolated for 7 days. This means that for team sports like football, the matches had to be postponed. Amazingly no matches were cancelled, and all the affected matches were postponed. This caused a scheduling headache and even the teams were unsure where and when they would be playing their matches. The H1N1 also caused the Malaysian team to pull out of the AYG. Ironic because we have teams from Japan and Saudi Arabia but our closest neighbor Malaysia was the one who pulled out.
Another thing is that athletes are playing in near empty stadiums. The Singapore Sports Council announced this week that only 7% of the tickets have been sold so far, and things are not looking up in the near future.
H1N1 scare, pull-out, empty stadiums; yes it has been a disaster.