The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved at SportAccord a proposal by the Singapore Youth Olympic Games for the Olympic Flame to be lit in Greece and travel to one city each in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania before arriving in Singapore.
At each city the flame will be welcomed in a city celebration focused on youth and the power of the Olympic values “to make the world a better place,” said a Singapore 2010 press release.
The Olympic Flame will visit all parts of Singapore in a traditional torch relay run, where youths from ASEAN will be invited to participate.
Ser Miang NG, Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee said, “as an important symbol of the Olympic movement, the Olympic flame will touch the hearts of millions of youths and inspire them to make a positive impact in their communities as it journeys through the five continents. Singapore is grateful to the IOC EB for approving our request to create this unique opportunity and experience for people around the world to connect to the first Youth Olympic Games”.