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Suntec CEO Leads Team in Youth Olympic Games Torchbearer Relay

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Suntec Singapore’s Chief Executive Officer Pieter Idenburg will lead his team in the first-ever Youth Olympic Games Torchbearer Relay as Singapore gears up for the inaugural games and the flame reaches its final lap. Mr. Idenburg will lead three other Suntec Singapore staff in the torch relay along Temasek Avenue towards Raffles Boulevard on 13 August 2010 at 5.30pm on the sixth and final day of the run.

Singapore will be hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games from 14 – 26 August 2010. Approximately 5,000 athletes and team officials from over 200 countries will unite and compete in 26 sports as well as participate in the Culture and Education Programme. Targeted at youths between the ages of 14 and 18, the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games aims to aspire youths around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect. The aim is to create a lasting sports, culture and education legacy for Singapore and youths from around the world, as well as enhance and elevate the sporting culture locally and regionally.

Suntec Singapore, the Official Convention Centre Partner for the games and the largest sporting venue for Boxing, Fencing, Handball, Judo, Taekwondo and Wrestling, has also been designated as one of the official caterers that will serve over 100,000 meals to more than 10 venues for the athletes, team officials and taskforce members. It is also the only venue that will accommodate the most number of sports competitions under one roof. In addition, the Culture and Education Programme (CEP) such as the Arts and Culture and Discovery Activity, which will include an Olympic Gallery, interactive exhibits on healthy living, demonstrations of selected Youth Olympic Games sports, will also be held at Suntec Singapore. These CEP activities, located at Suntec Singapore Level 3 concourse will be open to members of the public.

“I am very honoured and proud to lead our Suntec Singapore team to participate in such an important and symbolic global sporting event. Bearing the Olympic torch and hosting the event in our centre is a historic moment for our team as we share many common ideals with the Olympic movement. It is not all about conventions and exhibitions, but also the friendships and partnerships forged through the networking events that create a lasting impact for our visitors,” Mr. Idenburg said.

The team at Suntec Singapore will also be represented by Jay Singson from the Marketing and Communications division, Jasmine Tan and Sam Lay from the Sales and Client Services division.

A total of 2,400 people will be taking part in the torchbearers of the Singapore leg of the Youth Olympic Games torch relay. According to the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, the participants were chosen after a three-month search.

The Youth Olympic Flame was lit in ancient Olympia, Greece on 23 July 2010 and left Athens to begin its global journey. It has already travelled to five cities in five continents, namely Europe (Berlin, Germany), Africa (Dakar, Senegal), the Americas (Mexico City, Mexico), Oceania (Auckland, New Zealand) and Asia (Seoul, Korea) before the Flame is lit at the Singapore 2010 Opening Ceremony at The Float@Marina Bay and the curtain rises to mark the start of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games on 14 August 2010.

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