Jul 5, 2010
Vivian wants YOG spirit to emulate World Cup passion
By Jonathan Wong
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan (left) is all smiles after finishing the origami YOG purple star during his tour of the activity booths at the launch of Community Projects. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM
THE World Cup has drawn Singaporeans out of their homes to embrace football as a community and Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan hopes this spirit will continue with the upcoming Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
'It was an incredible atmosphere and we have to aim to recreate that kind of atmosphere in our stadiums and competition venues,' noted Dr Balakrishnan, who had joined residents at the Zhenghua Community Centre to watch Saturday's Argentina-Germany quarter-final and was impressed by the passion shown.
There is a growing momentum of watching sports as a community, he said. As of last Friday, the 16 CCs across Singapore had welcomed 146,079 residents since the start of the month-long tournament in South Africa.
'I think it's starting up and in a way, I'm glad that the World Cup is going on now and the final will be next week and then after that, it'll be our turn to really ramp up,' added Dr Balakrishnan.
The Aug 14-26 Games will feature 26 sports, including football, and will see the Republic host some 5,000 youth athletes and officials from all 205 National Olympic Committees.
Said Dr Balakrishnan, 'You can watch a game at home on television but the experience of watching together with your friends and neighbours is a completely different experience and we want to create that kind of buzz during Games time.'
He was the guest of honour at yesterday's launch of Community Projects, which is part of the Games' Culture and Education Programme and aims to educate the YOG athletes on volunteerism and social responsibility.
The Singapore YOG Organising Committee (Syogoc) and the National Youth Council will partner six local bodies - Nanyang...