Peace and Disarmament
SGI Youth Support Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
From August 14-26, 2010, some 600 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) youth members performed in the opening ceremony of Singapore's 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) at the Float at Marina Bay--the world's largest floating stage.
Approximately 3,600 athletes between the ages of 14 and 18 from 204 National Olympic Councils gathered to partake in 26 different sports.
The Youth Olympic Games were declared opened by Singapore President S.R. Nathan on August 14. The Opening Ceremony showcased theatrical-style cultural performances of dance, song, lights and fireworks, with the entire Singapore downtown skyline as the backdrop. Some 27,000 spectators attended with an estimated two billion viewers worldwide.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge remarked, "The Youth Olympic Games have exceeded vastly my highest expectations." For both participants and spectators, the Youth Olympic Games embodied the spirit of being bold and pushing beyond one's limitations as well as highlighting the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect in promotion of a better and more peaceful world.
For the SSA members, the event's theme resonated with the words of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda who stated that "It is the mission of youth to break through limitations and obstacles. Those who can do so are true successors."
Over 200 SSA youths served as part of the 20,000 volunteer force that worked tirelessly in hosting the foreign athletes and officials, taking care of their well-being as well as creating bonds of friendship and goodwill.
[Adapted from an article in the September 15, 2010, issue of SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photos courtesy of SSA Times]