2010 Youth Olympic Games Flame Travels To Five Continents

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games organizers said Tuesday the flame for the inaugural Games will travel to five cities that represent one continent each – Europe, Africa, the Americas, Oceania and Asia – before arriving in Singapore for the Opening Ceremony.

The flame will be lit in July and then go on to Berlin, Dakar, Mexico City, Auckland and Seoul, arriving in Singapore in August for a six-day round-island torch relay.

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said, “the International Olympic Committee supports Singapore 2010’s journey of the Youth Olympic Flame to the five international locations. We recognize that the journey of the Youth Olympic Flame is an excellent initiative to promote the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to young people worldwide”.

In each of the five cities known as Celebration City, a celebration will be held to welcome the flame on the continent, said a press release. It will journey to significant city landmarks so that as many people as possible can welcome the Flame. The day will end with a city celebration where the residents of the city and continent can join in the festivities to celebrate the world’s first Youth Olympic Games.

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the continent will be invited to send two youth representatives to participate in a torch pass ceremony at the City Celebration to signify the unity of the youth and for them to inspire everyone to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values.

The IOC had ended international torch relays after the Beijing 2008 Olympics was disturbed by protests, but it made an exception to allow for international participation in the Youth Olympic Games said organizers.

Organizers said those wishing to take part in the torch pass ceremony will have to show how they live the Olympic values by sharing their deeds of Excellent Friendship and/or Respect on the Million Deeds Challenge website (www.milliondeeds.sg).

The Singapore Youth Olympic Games are being held August 14-26. Organizers said they expect more than 5,000 athletes ages 14 to 18, and officials to participate.