Youth Olympic Games (YOG) opening ceremony will be celebrated on 14 August 2010, night at The [email protected] Bay. After 2-1/2 years of preparations by a cast of thousands and this sporting party will mark a new chapter in Olympic history. The stage is set for 12 days of sporting action, in which 3,600 athletes are involved from 204 participating National Olympic Committees.
For Youth Olympic Games (YOG), all week, 2,400 people, aged 11 to 82, and on crutches, wheelchairs and dragon-boats, carried the Olympic torch through Singapore. To remind everyone of the sheer joy of sport, all preparations had been carefully planned to the last detail. The ceremony will start after ending of the flame’s 305km journey at the [email protected] Bay, when Ng Ser Miang, YOG organizing committee chairman, handed the torch to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew to light the community cauldron.
After braving the rain to run 15km in his flip-flops on Tuesday, as he took photographs of the flame relay for his scrapbook, Compassvale Primary’s Low Wei Jie made headlines. Tickets to the Opening Ceremony priced at $200, $120 and $80. The organizers described it as “The Best Show on Earth in 2010”, local talents and over 5000 young performers will transform the floating stage into a dazzling show of music and color. Tickets to the Closing Ceremony, at The [email protected] Bay on Aug 26, priced at $80, $40 and $15.
Mr Lee said: ‘Few have imagined that we would one day host such an international event. Despite our constraints and limited expertise in this area, we offer our compact city and resourceful people.’ President Jacques Rogge, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan dedicated 210 trees planted along the Olympic Walk as a permanent reminder of the Games at a waterfront ceremony nearby, International Olympic Committee (IOC)’.
Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee said, “I encourage you to take an active part in Singapore’s historic event as we host the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games and cheer the Young Olympians from over 200 National Olympic Committee pitting their skill in the various competitions”.
DPM Teo noted: ‘I’m delighted that during the torch relay, the spirit in the heartlands was very strong for YOG. All our guests are here now, and we hope that we can put on a good show for them.’ Happy with all the work done, IOC chief Rogge thanked Singapore yesterday and said: ‘This is a great moment, this is the beginning of the Youth Olympic Games.’
For veiwing the preparation of Youth Olympic Games, visit URL:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUuc_3DmMYY and for veiwing YOG opening ceremony promises a treat for senses, visit URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzArqoFs4ZY