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NUS celebrates Youth Olympic Flame arrival

10 August 2010

MOMENTOUS OCCASION: President S R Nathan (third from right) lit the cauldron together with hockey player Mr Silas Abdul Razak (second from right) and national swimmer Ms Amanda Lim (third from left). Looking on were (from left) NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary of MCYS and Ministry of Transport Mr Teo Ser Luck, MCYS Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee Mr Goh Kee Nguan

HEART AND SEOUL: Undergraduates from the King Edward VII Hall portrays the journey of the Youth Olympic Flame across the city of Seoul.
After travelling across five continents, the Olympic Flame for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) finally arrived on Singapore’s shores. Celebrating the momentous occasion were some 3,000 persons who gathered for the Flame Arrival Ceremony at NUS, it's first stop, on 6 August 2010. Gracing the event were President of Singapore and NUS Chancellor His Excellency Mr S R Nathan; Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council Mr Teo Chee Hean; Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Dr Vivian Balakrishnan; and Senior Parliamentary Secretary of MCYS and Ministry of Transport Mr Teo Ser Luck.

At NUS, President S R Nathan noted that “Singapore now has a place in Olympic history at where the Olympic Games first started in 776 BC.” He added that he was glad to join all those present at NUS to officially welcome the Olympic Flame.

“As one of Singapore’s leading universities, NUS places emphasis not just on education and research, but also promotes the spirit of enterprise and provides the environment to encourage students to play an active part in their communities. This resonates with the values of the YOG. To do their part for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, NUS and its students have come forward to organise this event and recreate its journey to welcome the Olympic Flame,” President Nathan said.

For NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, "The arrival of the Youth Olympic Flame at NUS is truly a historic moment for us. It is a privilege for NUS to be a part of the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame, the very link that connects youth of the world to the Olympic Movement. We are also proud that our students’ floats from NUSSU Rag will have the opportunity to contribute to the festivities around the Flame Arrival Celebration."

First lit in Greece in July, the Youth Olympic Flame journeyed through the cities of Berlin, Dakar, Mexico, Auckland and Seoul (also known as Celebration City). At NUS, undergraduates from the halls of residence designed and built floats representing the five cities where the flame had travelled to.

Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14 to 26 August 2010, receiving some 5,000 athletes and officials from 205 National Olympic Committees. Young athletes – aged between 14 and 18 years – will compete in 26 sports and take part in a Culture and Education Programme.