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JYOF blazing the trail across the world

To herald the coming of the first-ever Youth Olympic Games (YOG), the Youth Olympic Flame will blaze a trail across our world to one city each on the continents of Europe, Africa, the Americas, Oceania and Asia. The Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) will connect the people of the world to the Olympic Movement, uniting them in celebration of the spirit of Olympism.

Starting in July 2010, the Youth Olympic Flame will be lit in Greece, and then journey to Berlin (Germany), Dakar (Senegal), Mexico City (Mexico), Auckland (New Zealand) and Seoul (Republic of Korea). The Flame will arrive in Singapore for a six-day round-island torch relay before it lights the cauldron at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) Opening Ceremony, to mark the start of the first Youth Olympic Games.

"The International Olympic Committee supports Singapore 2010's Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame to the five international locations. We recognise that the Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame is an excellent initiative to promote the inaugural Youth Olympic Games to young people worldwide," said Mr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Mr Ng Ser Miang, IOC Vice-President and Chairman of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC) who announced the five cities, and also unveiled the JYOF mark, said, "The Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame will unite the world in a global celebration of the first Youth Olympic Games, and we are grateful that the IOC has made an exception to allow for international participation. The Youth Olympic Flame embodies the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect, and through its journey, aims to inspire people around the world to live by those values."

The JYOF also presents an opportunity to promote Singapore as the host city of the first YOG to the people of each continent. Through coverage in print, broadcast and new media, the reach will be extensive as people around the world are able to join in the celebrations and experience the excitement of Singapore 2010.

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Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF)

A simple flame passed hand to hand

Not by the fastest or the strongest,

But by people whose greatest gift is what they give of themselves

Because, it’s not just what you do for the record books,

It's what you do for others.

That is the vision of the Olympic Torch Relay. And it is a vision that the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010) Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) shares.

As a prelude to the first Youth Olympic Games (YOG) to be held in Singapore in 2010, JYOF (pronounced “JAY-of”) seeks to connect youth around the world to the Olympic Movement by inspiring them to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect.

In embracing the values of Olympism, youth around the world are united in a global celebration of the first YOG and the power and positive impact that they have made in their own way as they live the Olympic values in their everyday life.

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