SINGAPORE 2005: President Rogge Kicks Off Singapore’s Olympic Day Run
Jacques Rogge, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), today kicked off Singapore’s Olympic Day Run (ODR). The President was the guest of honour at the Singaporean event and addressed the assembled participants before starting them off on their run. The President was joined at the event by Singapore’s Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan; the Singaporean Minister for Defence and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, Mr Teo Chee Hean; IOC member Mr Ser Miang Ng; the Secretary General of the Singapore NOC, Mr Chris Chan; and the CEO of the Singapore Sports Council, Mr Oon Jin Teik.
Commitment To Sport
After meeting some of Singapore’s national athletes, who were also taking part in the event, President Rogge addressed the assembled participants. During his speech, the President pointed out to the crowd that they were part of an event that takes place in the territories of 202 National Olympic Committees, and that the event was held in memory of the foundation of the modern Olympic Movement – founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, on 23 June 1894 in Paris. The President thanked the participants for their commitment to sport and reminded them that it is the spirit of their participation that is most important, as well as what they do for sport everyday of the year, not just today.
Starting from the Marina Promenade Park, the 2,500 ODR participants, from community groups, sports associations, schools and McDonald’s, made their way along the 3.8 kilometre course before arriving at the Waterfront Plaza of Singapore’s Indoor Stadium. Around 500 of the participants of the ODR were members of Healthy Lifestyle Clubs.
Participation And Demonstration
The Singapore Olympic Day Run also gave participants and the public the chance to enjoy demonstrations of sports like wushu, silat and taekwondo, while the more adventurous were able to try their hand at activities such as a table tennis challenge, a badminton challenge, a basketball shoot-out, bowling, trampolining or human foosball.
A number of local sports personalities were also present at the event to help encourage the participants, as was Ronald McDonald, who put on a show for the young and not so young in the crowd. The Cheerleading Association of Singapore also gave a performance.
During the entire morning’s activities, there was a jigsaw puzzle and an art competition held to celebrate Olympic Day, thus combining the sporting and cultural aspects of the Olympic Movement’s philosophy. President Rogge was also presented with a memento of the event, a framed copy of the design of the special ODR t-shirts that the participants received for the run. The design was created by Nur Hidayah Asali, a Singaporean student, and was selected following a competition sponsored by McDonald’s.
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