The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo was officially launched by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports at the CAN! Event in Singapore over the weekend.
Spirit of Youth - the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games logo - celebrates Singapore 2010 in an adventurous, open and fun way. It evokes the Singaporean sense of confidence and progress. A red flame represents the passion to learn and the power of positive thinking. A purple star symbolises excellence and the pride of representing one's nation. A crescent reflects dynamic youth, full of promise. The active appearance of the "Singapore 2010" word mark comprises individual and unique characters that signify harmony among the diverse participants. The Spirit of Youth inspires all of us to express the Olympic spirit and celebrate the first-ever Youth Olympic Games.
"The launch of the logo today is a major milestone for the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games,"
said NG Ser Miang, Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC). "The logo is an important symbol of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games. 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."
The Singapore 2010 logo was launched at the CAN! event at the Singapore Management University Campus Green. CAN! stands for Create Action Now and is a call on youths to be part of Singapore 2010. The event was put together by students from the Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore, the Singapore Institute of Management and the Singapore Management University.
The day-long event was packed with fun-filled activities ranging from the CAN! Run, a non-competitive 2010 metres run in the heart of the city to celebrate Singapore 2010; CAN! Play, a carnival featuring sports try-outs for wrestling, handball, modern pentathlon and a 3-on-3 basketball competition; as well as CAN! Party, a concert featuring youth talents and local artistes.
Adding to the anticipation and excitement of the day was a launch mechanism, measuring 7.6 metres by 2.5 metres and with a depth of two metres, specially devised to launch the logo. A combination of mechanism, featuring all the Youth Olympic Games sports, was triggered by mechanical means and saw 26 nimble and rapid transitions under one minute and 50 seconds. A timer then lit up and led the crowd to count down to the unveiling of the logo.
The launch mechanism was created by a group of Nanyang Technological University students from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the School of Art, Design and Media who had worked under the guidance of their supervisors.
GOH Kee Nguan, Chief Executive Officer of SYOGOC, said "The logo launch event today shows 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. They made this event possible and they have done an excellent job!"
About Singapore 2010
Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) from 14-26 August 2010. A new initiative by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the YOG seeks to engage the youth of the world through the twin pillars of sport, and culture and education.
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will receive some 3,600 athletes and 800 officials from the 205 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), along with an estimated 800 media representatives and more than 500,000 spectators. Young athletes - aged from 14 to 18 years - will compete in 26 sports and take part in cultural and educational activities.
The sailing competition at the Youth Olympic Games comprises 100 young sailors, aged 15-16 years, competing across four events: one person dinghy men; one person dinghy women; windsurfing men; and windsurfing women.
Find out more on the Youth Olympic Games at www.sailing.org/youtholympicgames
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