The First Youth Olympic Games are underway in Singapore!
The Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games officially got under way on 14 August with an Opening Ceremony at the Marina Bay Floating Stadium in downtown Singapore.
With the city skyline providing an impressive backdrop, some 3,600 athletes aged 14 to 18 marched in the Parade of Nations, which was followed by speeches from International Olympic Committee President (IOC) Jacques Rogge and Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee Chairman (SYOGOC) Ser Miang Ng.
“Tonight we open a new chapter in the history of the Olympic Movement,” said President Rogge. “From this moment on, young people around the world have a chance to participate in a global event that combines sport, education and culture.”
The spectacular Opening Ceremony included a specifically weightlifting-related feature: one of the Olympic Flag’s bearers was Howe Liang Tan, Singapore’s first Olympic medallist (1960 Rome, lightweight, silver medal).
The weightlifting competitions start today with the Women’s 48kg at 14:30h local time, to be followed by the Men’s 56kg at 18:00h.
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