Singapore Prime Minister LEE Hsien Loong welcomed International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques ROGGE to the Istana this morning and was presented with the Olympic Flag for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
As host of the first-ever Youth Olympic Games, Singapore has been honoured with an Olympic Flag specially designed for the Youth Olympic Games - called the Singapore Flag. Created in appreciation of Singapore's contributions to the Olympic Movement, the Singapore Flag features the five Olympic rings and the words "Singapore 2010".
At the Singapore Flag Handover Ceremony, Prime Minister Lee received the Singapore Flag from IOC President Rogge and entrusted it to Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) Chairman NG Ser Miang. The flag will be handed over to the next Summer YOG host city, Nanjing, at the Closing Ceremony on 26 August 2010.
President Rogge also conferred the Gold Olympic Order on Prime Minister Lee in recognition of his outstanding merit in the cause of world sport and his faithfulness to the Olympic ideal.
Full text of Prime Minister Lee's speech:
"I would like to thank President Rogge and the Olympic Council. I receive this on behalf of Singapore and particularly the team who have been working with the IOC to organise this first Youth Olympic Games.
"It has been a challenge and great satisfaction for us to organise this first Games. I think it has struck a chord with our people. Our young people have responded and the organisers have spared no efforts to ensure it will be a successful and memorable Games.
So with all the things happening, I look forward to the opening on Saturday and I look forward to a memorable Games. We hope that these Youth Games will develop and prosper as with the other Olympic Games organised by the IOC, and will be able to fulfil the ideals and objectives that President Rogge had when he conceived the idea of the Youth Olympics. So thank you very much and we look forward to hosting the Games."