Welcome to Singapore
From 3 July, the South-East Asian metropolis, Singapore, is going to take on the Olympic colours. Indeed, for the first time, Singapore is hosting the International Olympic Committee for seven days of meetings. The whole Olympic Family and more than one thousand representatives of the media from the fie continents are meeting in Singapore for what is undoubtedly the event of the year: the 117th IOC Session.
Five cities; one choice
The highlight of this Session will undoubtedly be the election – on 6 July – of the host city for the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 from among five prestigious cities: Paris, New York, Moscow, London and Madrid (in order of drawing of lots).
During the Session, the IOC members will receive a full report on the progress made by the organising committees for the Games of Turin 2006, Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010, as well as the work achieved by the IOC commissions and administration. The Olympic sports programme will also be discussed.
An orchid emblem
For an emblem, the organising committee for the 117th Session, whose President is Sr Miang Ng, IOC member, could choose only the Vanda Miss Joaquin orchid, the national flower and symbol of Singapore. Its lively and warm colours symbolise the vibrant city that is Singapore, while the delicate treatment of this flower represents the warm hospitality of the City-State. With its refreshing aspect, the orchid symbolises the energy and vitality of the Olympic Movement.
Singapore, a unique city
Unique is the term to best describe Singapore, a dynamic city rich in contrast and colour. A real bridge linking east to west for centuries, Singapore, situated in the heart of South East Asia, continues to mix tradition with modernity. Discover this unique city which “cherishes its past while looking to the future” by going to the official site of the Organising Committee of the 117th Session www.singapore2005ioc.org.sg which contains information on the meetings and practical advice for participants, as well as details about the city and its tourist attractions.
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