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Thousands Turn Out For Singapore Youth Games 99 Day Celebrations

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Thousands turned out to celebrate 99 days until the Singapore 2010 Youth Games take place and took part in athletic competitions and sports carnivals while enjoying fireworks displays as Singapore will make history by becoming the first ever host of the Youth Olympic Games August 14-26.

Highlight of the day was the "99-Day Celebrations" at "Scape", which was attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and other officials.

The program also included the unveiling of the venue-dressing designs and workforce uniforms for the Games, cultural and musical performances, sports activities and a keynote speech from the Prime Minister.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) marked the milestone by releasing "99 seconds", video interviews with Youth Olympic Games Ambassadors Michael Phelps and Yelena Isinbayeva.

The Coordination Commission concluded its fourth and final visit to the city the same day.

Commission Chairman Sergey Bubka said, "with a very strong team and since the beginning of the preparations, the Singapore Organizing Committee has worked diligently to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved. Today we can see and feel that the excitement is already there and will continue to build until Games time, especially with the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame. I speak for the IOC when I say that we are very much looking forward to the Opening Ceremony in 99 days".

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