With the landmark event just around the corner, 90 Team Singapore youth athletes will be vying for top honours on home ground at the upcoming 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 (AYG), which be held from 29 June to 7 July 2009.
2 At the official Flag Presentation Ceremony held at the Raffles Institution this evening, Guest-of-Honour Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC), presented the flag to Singapore’s official flag-bearer for the AYG, swimmer Quah Ting Wen. Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports was present to witness the ceremony.
3 “It is a timely and significant opportunity for our young athletes who will now be benchmarked against their peers from the 44 other Asian countries on one big platform and while winning medals is every athlete’s aspiration, I would be happy if every athlete performed to their best even if he or she were to finish without a medal. The AYG will also serve as a useful and timely test of our National Sports Associations’ talent identification and youth development programs,” commented Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council.
4 Olympian and national shooter Mr Lee Wung Yew will lead the Team Singapore contingent as Chef-de-Mission for the AYG. Commenting on Team Singapore’s participation at the AYG, he said, “This is a very exciting time for our young athletes as they prepare to compete in the inaugural Asian Youth Games. This is an exceptional opportunity for them to not only be a part of this historic event, but to compete on our very own shores, with the support from the home crowd. I am confident that our young athletes will give their utmost at the AYG and fly our Singapore flag high at the Games.”
5 Team Singapore will be competing in nine sport disciplines at the inaugural Asian Youth Games – Athletics, FIBA 33 Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Football, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming and Table Tennis.
Singapore’s Support for Team Singapore at the Asian Youth Games
6 The Asian Youth Games well-wishing campaign has garnered over 1000 well-wishes since its launch in April. The well-wishing campaign has been rallying Singaporeans behind the Team Singapore contingent, as they get ready to compete with some of Asia’s top youth athletes at the AYG.
7 At the official Flag Presentation Ceremony, DPM Teo Chee Hean and Minister Vivian Balakrishnan also added to the tally by penning their well-wishes to show their support for Team Singapore. Singaporeans can get behind Team Singapore by sending their well-wishes and words of encouragement via the official website at www.teamsingapore.com.sg.
8 The evening rounded off with performances from students of the Raffles Institution, along with an appearance by the AYG mascot, FRASIA.
9 For more information on Team Singapore at the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009, please visit www.ayg2009.sg and www.teamsingapore.com.sg