Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ballot for chance to buy YOG ceremony tickets


PHOTO: The YOG logo was launched by Dr Vivian Balakrishan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports. The logo represents the "Spirit of Youth", an important symbol.

Money alone will not be enough to get tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) here. Luck is needed too.

Those who are keen to catch the shows can get the tickets only through balloting.

From 9am on April 23, they can apply to buy the tickets either through the YOG website ( or the hotline on 6348-2010.

Each person is allowed to ballot only once for up to four tickets for each ceremony, regardless of the price category.

PHOTO: Singapore Airlines

Tickets cost between $30 and $200 for the opening ceremony on Aug 14, and between $15 and $80 for the closing ceremony on Aug 26.

Balloting results will be out between May 11 and 24.

The YOG organising committee is confident of strong demand for tickets to the ceremonies at The Float@Marina Bay, which has a seating capacity of 25,000, because “this is the first YOG and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be in a new beginning and also part of history”, said the YOG’s head of ticketing, Ms Chris Koh.

PHOTO: Singapore Airlines

The ballot system ensures everyone gets a fair chance at the tickets, she added.

A portion of the seats is reserved for invited guests, including the 3,600 YOG athletes.

The ceremonies will very much “involve youths for the youths”, said creative director Ivan Heng.

Spectators can expect to see fireworks and performances by 7,000 youths, aged eight to 21.

The theme song for the Games, titled Everybody, will be sung by young singers representing the five continents during the opening ceremony. They are Africa’s Jody Williams, America’s Sean Kingston, Europe’s Steve Appleton, Oceania’s Jessica Mauboy, and Asia’s Singapore Idol finalist Tabitha Nauser.

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The YOG organising committee also wants Singaporean youths, with at least a parent or grandparent who originated from another country, to be part of a special segment of the opening ceremony, Mr Heng said.

It is seeking public contributions of short films or animation clips, revolving around the theme of youth and sports, to be aired at the opening ceremony.

Mr S. H. Ho, 20, who is waiting to enter university and keen on watching the opening ceremony, said: “We should support it, especially since the YOG is not just about the sports, but the youths too.

我的字典: Wǒ de zì diǎn

Luck: 运气 yùn qì
Balloting: 抽签 chōu qiān
Theme song: 主题歌 zhǔ tí gē
Animation: 动画 dòng huà

PHOTO: World's 1st 3D Virtual World Based on an Olympic Event Opens Its Doors

YOG related links

International Olympic Committee

Singapore National Olympic Council

Official Singapore 2010 Website

Youth-Inspired YOG Microsite

Why Oh Gee BLOG

Million Deeds Challenge

Official AYG 2009 Website

SYOG Forum

SYOG on Flickr


SYOG YouTube Channel

SYOG on Facebook Singapore

1st Youth Olympic 2010

Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 Bid

Singapore Youth Olympics Games 2010

Media Coverage

Speech by PM Lee - Winning the bid