Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010

SINGAPORE, 14 Aug 2010 - Youths use lighted tubes to form five white Olympic Rings on the Reflecting Pool at the opening ceremony of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, August 14, 2010. The 2010 Youth Olympic Games opened here on Saturday.

The countdown began. The fireworks came. And the show started. It did not disappoint. As Singapore plays host to the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games, amid fears that the Games will not attract any attention from around the world and lack of enthusiasm among Singaporeans, the Games opened with a rousing start showcasing the multi-cultural Singapore and the zest of the youth of the 21st century. I was totally awed by the amazing performance put up by the thousands of performers. It will definitely shut the mouths of YOG-haters or people who totally underestimated the sheer size and importance of this Youth Olympic Games.

Singaporeans do not know what is important and what is not. There were so many complaints about the Games, and even the CNA added on to the criticism by showing the survey which says that 80% of Singaporeans do not bother about the games. Surprisingly, it is the foreigners and expats in Singapore who are more excited and hyped up about this event. To many of them, they have not even seen the Olympic flame in their lives, even if their city or country has hosted Olympic Games before. They do not think that Youth Olympic Games is overshadowed by the supposedly more ” important” Summer Olympic Games, in fact many of them believe that it is the spirit of Olympism, the values and friendships forged through this Games that is important, and they want to be part of it. Singaporeans know nothing about all these, but yet they are arrogant and ignorant, and think that there should not be any fuss about this Games. You are wrong. After today’s opening ceremony, it will leave Singaporeans thinking, what really happened just now? They could have just missed one of the best opening ceremonies in the world. I have so many friends who do not even bother watching the opening ceremony, and some even call it boring. But I just want to say again, you guys are wrong. Watch the repeat telecast again, and you will see. It cannot be compared to Beijing’s 2008 Olympic Games, but this opening ceremony is amazing nonetheless, and I have received comments from my Skyscrapercity.com forum that it is a beautiful and amazing ceremony.

A burst of fireworks explodes in the night sky during the opening ceremony of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) on Aug 14, 2010. The ceremony was held at The Float@Marina Bay, a huge floating platform. The inaugural YOG, which will involve about 5,000 athletes and officials, will run until Aug 2. Photo:SPH-SYOGOC/Desmond Wee

Three cheers for Singapore. Congratulations for succeeding in realising your dreams to be an Olympic city. You have left a legacy behind and I will make sure this history will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life. And all the best to the athletes who will be participating in the Games. Enjoy your stay here in Singapore. Woohoooo.

SINGAPORE, 14 Aug 2010 - Chinese dancers perform with lanterns during the opening ceremony of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games at the Marina Bay in Singapore, August 14, 2010. The 2010 Youth Olympic Games opened here on Saturday.
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