Vivian Balakrishnan (left), Jacques Rogge (center) and Ser Miang Ng (right) were some of the officials present for Saturday's presentation. (Getty Images)
(ATR) IOC President Jacques Rogge praises the new logo for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore that was unveiled on Saturday.
"The emblem embodies the spirit of the Youth Olympic Games and represents the blending of the IOC's and Singapore organizing committee’s vision to bring the youth of the world together," said Rogge in a statement today.
More than 10,000 youngsters gathered at the Singapore Management University's Campus Green at the launch ceremony of the "Spirit of Youth" emblem.
Ser Miang Ng, Singapore's IOC member and chair of the YOG organizing committee; Goh Kee Nguan, CEO of SYOGOC and Vivian Balakrishnan, minister for community development, youth and sports, were among dignitaries present at the launch. IOC Vice President Chiharu Igaya also attended.
YOG organizers said the logo evokes the Singaporean sense of confidence and progress: the red flame represents the passion to learn and the power of positive thinking; the purple star symbolizes excellence and the pride of representing one's nation; the crescent reflects dynamic youth, full of promise.
Ser Miang said the event was another "major milestone" in preparations for the inaugural Summer YOG, taking place Aug. 14-26, 2010.
"It embodies the vision of Singapore 2010 - Inspiring Youth, Sporting Singapore - and expresses the significance and legacy that we hope Singapore 2010 will have on the lives of Singaporeans and youths around the world before, during and after the Games," he said.
The Singapore 2010 logo was launched at a carnival, named CAN! (Create Action Now), which was organized by students from the city's four universities. It included a 2,010m fun run and tryouts for some of the 26 sports on the YOG program, including wrestling, equestrian, handball and modern pentathlon and a three-on-three basketball competition.
Nguan said the launch event demonstrated how young people can come together and be part of Singapore 2010. "I am encouraged by the passion that these youths have for Singapore 2010," he said.
IOC member from Japan, Igaya, was also impressed. "I looked at the enthusiasm of the people and I'm convinced that the 2010 Games will be a great success, I can assure you," he told the Straits Times
Nearly 3,600 athletes aged 14 to 18 will compete in 201 events at the 2010 YOG. More than 500,000 spectators are expected to attend the Games.With reporting from Mark Bisson.For general comments or questions, click here.Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.