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SINGAPORE – Cover from Singapore to Braga, Portugal

First Day Cover of the Youth Olympic Games – Singapore 2010 issue posted on August, 14 2010.
(A very special thanks to my friend Terence Wong)

14-26 August 2010

On 21 February 2008, Singapore celebrated with Fanfare when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to hold the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore in 2010. The announcement, broadcast live in front of an enthusiastic crowd, took place at the Padang.

Eighteen months later, thousands gathered once again at the Padang to celebrate the One-Year Countdown Event on 14 August 2009. It also celebrated the progress Singapore had made as well as Its readiness to host the first YOC with the unveiling of a Countdown Clock set against the historic City.

In August 2010, the nation will witness the official opening of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, inking Singapore in history books as the first Host City of the YOG.
The multi-sport event offers an integrated sport, culture and education program, aligned to the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. Depicted in this set of stamps are the official mascots, Lyo and Merly, in different poses, representing the liveliness and youthfulness of the athletes.

The first two designs highlight the World Culture Village and Island Adventure formats of CEP. Athletes will learn about diverse cultures, teamwork and leadership through these two activities. The next two designs feature the mascots in their favourite sports of Aquatics – Swimming and Basketball respectively.

To welcome the coming of the inaugural YOG. the Youth Olympic Flame made its way across the world to one city in each of the five continents of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The Journey of the Youth Olympic Flame (JYOF) will connect people from all over the world to the Olympic Movement, uniting them in celebration of the spirit of Olympism.
(extract from the stamps issue brochure)

Date of issue: 14 August 2010
Denominations: 1st Local, 65C, $1.10, $2
Stamp Size: 48mm a 30.45mm
Perforation: 13¼ x 13¾
Paper: Unwatermarked Printing
Process: Offset Lithography
Printer: Joh Enschede Security Print
Sheet Content: 10
Designed by: Cubix international Pte Ltd

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