YOG 2010: Spectaular opening for Youth Olympics in Singapore
TWO-time junior sailing world champion Darren Choy was selected to lit the flame at the conclusion of a spectacular opening ceremony for the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.
ICONIC: The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games at the Marina Bay floating platform in Singapore while Darren Choy was the last runner in the torch relay (Reuters/Singapore Press Holdings)
Choy splashed across the water to ignite the cauldron in the heart of Singapore's harbour, prompting the famous skyline to be illuminated by a burst of fireworks.
David Bolarinwa, the fastest under-18 100m sprinter in the world this year, earlier carried the British flag at the opening ceremony.
Earlier, IOC President Jacques Rogge said he felt like an 'expectant father' as he prepared to open the Games, which he hopes will be his legacy when he steps aside from his position.
"We open a new chapter in the history of the Olympic Movement," he said.
"From this moment on, young people from around the world have a chance to participate in a global event that combines sport, education and culture."
He also urged the 3,600 athletes to 'learn the difference between winning and being a champion'.
"To win, you merely have to cross the finish line," he added.
"To be a champion, you have to inspire admiration for your character, as well as for your physical talent."