Singapore Leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame
SINGAPORE, 7 JULY 2010 – In the final countdown to the world’s first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) hosted by Singapore, residents and visitors are invited to cheer the torchbearers on and join in the celebrations of the Singapore leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) over a six-day torch relay.
At this once-in-a-lifetime event, the Olympic torch relay will make its way around the country, passing through residential areas, going by offices and schools near you before the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) officially starts on 14 August 2010.
The Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) today announces the route for Singapore’s largest- and longest-ever torch relay: 2,400 torchbearers will cover a whopping distance of 305 kilometres - equivalent to travelling the entire length of the island six times.
With torchbearers from all walks of life taking part in the relay, some 300,000 people are expected to line the streets and cheer on their friends, family members and fellow Singaporeans as they make history by being the maiden torchbearers of the Youth Olympic Flame.
To ensure that everyone in Singapore has the opportunity to be a part of this Olympic torch relay experience, the Singapore leg of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame will be held from 7 to 13 August (with a break on 9 August), passing through housing estates, parks, schools, historic sites, places of interests and Singapore’s financial and civic districts.
The torch relay route will kick off in the northern part of the Central Singapore district. The Youth Olympic Flame will then journey in an anti-clockwise direction from South East district to North East, North West, South West and eventually, the southern part of Central Singapore.
From the corners of the heartlands to the city centre, Singaporeans can look forward to a line-up of highlights along the route to boost the excitement for the people cheering the Flame. In another first, a torchbearer carrying the Youth Olympic Flame will go on the Sentosa’s Megazip flying fox and whizz down over a jungle canopy from a height of 72 metres above sea level.
Other highlights include a run through the nation’s popular tourist attractions including the award-winning Singapore Zoo and the well-loved Singapore Botanical Gardens. More details of the JYOF torch relay route can be found on www.singapore2010.sg/jyof.
To turn the novelty factor up a notch, Singaporeans will also get to witness the Youth Olympic Flame being transported in unusual ways by torchbearers such as on a bicycle and dragon boat. In the pipeline for the torch relay is a leg adopted by the PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, that will involve the Youth Olympic Flame crossing the water of Marina Reservoir from the Merlion Park to the pier in front of Singapore’s latest integrated resort – the Marina Bay Sands, which is also the official Main Media Centre of Singapore 2010.
For those who are unable to catch the action of the torch relay in person, the movement of the Youth Olympic Flame around Singapore can be tracked “live” online at the above website during the torch relay.
In addition to the en-route highlights, SYOGOC has partnered five institutions to organise a Community Celebration on every night of the relay. Members of the public are invited to join in the festivities at a different location each evening, to party with thousands of others in celebration of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame around Singapore and welcome the world’s first Youth Olympic Games. The list of schools and institutions partnering SYOGOC in the Singapore leg of the JYOF has been announced last week. Singapore’s Cabinet Ministers will also join in to celebrate the start and completion of each day’s torch relay - please see Appendix 1.
Mr Goh Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of SYOGOC, said, “The Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame is an event for every person in Singapore. Whether you are a torchbearer bearing the Flame, a friend or a neighbour cheering on from the side, a student or teacher in a school hosting the torchbearers or a participant soaking in the festivities at the Community Celebrations; we invite and welcome you. We hope to see everyone in Singapore – be it Singaporeans, residents or international visitors – join in and celebrate the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games.”
For more information contact: Eta Lauw at Eta_Lauw@singapore2010.sg
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