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Interview with young badminton player - Cee Ketpura - published on YOD (Title: Cee You On The Court) ...

Interview with young badminton player - Cee Ketpura - published on YOD (Title: Cee You On The Court)

Article regarding the differences between Summer Olympics and Youth Olympics (Title: Daring to be Different)

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  • talk to us at facebook.com/youngolympiandailySUN singApoRe: hAnDy Boys ARe “we’Re going to BeAt tweet oF the DAy15 moRe thAn eye cAnDy singApoRe 5-0” walking around YOV is A concRete Singapore’s handball boys What went wrong with like exploring a pre-opened jungle on dealing with fans Zimbabwe’s claim? DisneylandAug2010 2 4 6 @casseinogen Cassandra Yeap, student Reporter The official 2010 Youth Olympic Village newspaper A publication by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, NTU let the gAmes Begin First of its kind in many ways, the Opening Ceremony was for youths, by youthsBy AnjAli RAguRAmAn But most had no complaints, saying itT was worth it. he first ever Youth Olympic Games “We can showcase what Singapore has (YOG) kicked off in style last night, to show the world. It is a worthy cause that celebrating the vigour and strength of we should be proud of,” said 14-year-oldyoung athletes from more than 200 countries. Sherwin Thie, who was in the choir that With about two billion people worldwide sang the national anthem.tuned in, it was a massive party marked The going was not easy, but placardwith fireworks, fire and water displays, and holder Felicia Lin, 18, was not dismayed.song and dance repertories. “The honour, the eight seconds of fame, With 5,500 performers on stage, and 3,600 and also the contribution to YOG (made) itathletes seated just before the platform, the seem like all the sacrifices that were madeCeremony was an Olympic first to have an were worth it,” she said. “It’s an honour toall-youth cast. represent our school and our country. We Befittingly, Singapore is also the youngest can look back 10 years later, and say that wenation to ever host an Olympic event, with were a part of this.”the Lion City having turned 45 six days ago. The Olympic Flag was carried in by Held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, eight Olympians: Tan Howe Liang, Yelenathe show kicked off at precisely 8.10pm. Isinbayeva, Yang Yang, Tan Eng Liang, The performing acts told of courage, Frankie Frederiks, Patricia Chan Li-Yi, Taoturning adversity into opportunity, and Li, and Sergey Bubka. TOP: The final torchbearer, sailor Darren Choy, in theeven environmental issues. Just before the end of the night, the final leg of the 6-day torch relay as he sprints across the Throughout the show, put together Olympic Flame arrived from across the bay Reflecting Pool.by local theatre practitioner Ivan Heng, perched atop a glowing phoenix shaped boat. Singapore sailor Darren Choy lit ABOVE: Jacques Rogge, the President of the Internationalimpressive laser displays and light showswere emitted from surrounding buildings the lantern-shaped cauldron, the flames Olympic Committee, delivers his speech to an internationalin the Central Business District. Fireworks spiralling within before erupting from the audience as Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of the Singaporewere synchronised with music specially top. Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee, looks on.composed for the occasion. In the words of President of the Photos: Ivan tan Roughly 750 hours were spent rehearsing International Olympic Committee Jacquesthe event. With 12-hour rehearsal days, many Rogge: “This is a new chapter in the history For more photos of the opening ceremony, turn to page 8.of the performers even had to miss school. of the Olympic Movement.”“This is a new chapter in the history of the Olympic Movement.” - Jacques Rogge
  • 2 YOV in numbers YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILY 5Column YoVoice Shout-outs, wishes, dedications...Flame illuminatescity landscape things to dobY bhavan JaipragasB y the time the Olympic Flame reached the Marina Promontory on Friday night, it had covered close to 300 km, to Us to teaM KenYaenough to circle this island six times. To Jeremy: Your time better be faster I wish all time to have good Many Singaporeans would not have than mine…since I’m a girl :) luck from I personallyimagined that there were enough places of Amanda Liew, Brunei, Swimming. William and wishes fromimportance that the Flame could journey our country which is Kenya.through for six whole days. By the end of it To Amanda: All the best! I know youhowever, critics should have been convincedthat the Lion City is more than just a 1 Meet multiple gold can do it! Make us proud!! Jeremy Joint Riong, Brunei, Swimming. And I love Singapore. William Mbevi, Kenya, Athleticsconcrete jungle with a glitzy city skyline. medalists like pole-vaulting Many of the landmarks that were passed legend Yelena Isinbayevathrough hold a great amount of significance on August 17to the island state. CHIJ Toa Payoh, the start point of theflame’s journey in the host city, is situatedin one of its oldest residential estates. Just 45 2 Join the circus with theyears ago, the streets of Toa Payoh and theaccompanying landscaped greenery was the plate spinning and jugglingsite of an extensive squatter district. skills you can pick up in to teaM UKraine to teaM singapore to teaM perU The Singapore leg also highlighted the CEP Good luck, this is Good luck for your Vamos Peru!to the world its commitment to conserve the beginning of events, do your I know all thenatural spaces, despite its limited landmass. The Singapore Zoo, where the flame 3 sports career so try as hard as you can. country proud! Jeffrey Adam Lightfoot, players are going to give their 100%.was welcomed by two elephants dressed Visit booths and learn Andrii Sirenko, Ukraine Singapore, Football Be careful!in Maharajah finery, is arguably one of the about the world when the Triathlon Mario Cuba & Katherineworld’s best. World Culture Village Winder, Peru, Badminton The journey also showed that history and opens on Monday Leave a message for someone on facebook.com/youngolympiandailyculture have not lost their significance in Photos: ClArA loCK, shArIfAh fAdIlAh, Xue JIAnYueSingapore. Travelling down Little India andChinatown, the Flame passed temples builtby early settlers, still in prime condition. 4 CHIEF EDITOR Elizabeth Law COPY EDITORS Anjali Raguraman PRODUCTION SUPPORT Ng Heng Ghee Immerse yourself in music Cassandra Yeap In the final hours of the journey on and dance at the Evening PICTURE EDITOR Kwan Hui Xian TEACHER ADVISORSFriday, the flame made its way past colonial Ng Jun Sen Ng Hoe Guan Andrew Duffy Festival on August 20era buildings and monuments in the city Santhiya Kulasakeran Juleen Shaw NIGHT EDITORS Wang Simincentre, all lasting legacies of the city’s Joanna Hor 5 DESIGN CONSULTANThistory as a British colony. Zakaria Zainal LAYOUT EDITORS Rishad Patel Maxie Aw Yeong As Young Olympians from the world Pick up tips on finding CHIEF LAYOUT EDITOR Nguyen Pham Hai Anover begin their quest for glory in Singapore, the right balance between Neo Wen Tong Yamuna Yeoperhaps it would be good to explore the sports and studies through A students’ newspaper published by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Informationdeeper layers of this fascinating island – Nanyang Technological University, 31 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637718. Tel: 6790 6446 playing “Athletopoly”where the diversity of the people mirrors the Printed by KHL Printing Co. Pte Ltd., 57 Loyang Drive, Singapore 508968vibrancy of the land. Photo: Internet Editorials are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee or Nanyang Technological University, its employees, the students or the Council of the University. news of the world afghanist an Afghanis ta national sp n’s Buzkashi, ort is canada a sport play team e Canada’s flag-bearer horseback d on . for the YOG is translated When , swimmer Jeremy literally m it e grabbing”. ans “goat Bagshaw. He was born in Singapore, and moved with his family to Victoria when he was five. new zealand Neroli Susan Fairhall was the first paraplegic competitor in the Olympic Games. The New Zealander brazil took up archery after a motorbike Brazilian soccer singapore accident that left her player Kaka has been paralysed from waist working for the UN Table tennis Olympic down. as an ambassador silver medallist Li Jia against hunger since Wei is hot property November 2004. here, and not just because of her table- tennis skills. She was placed fifth out of 30 in an MSN poll this year of hottest female athletes.
  • YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILY YOV 360 3 briefs Where’s sean Kingston? Sean Kingston was miss- ing from the Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony due to delayed arrival. The singer of hit song “Beautiful Girls” is one of the five singers of the official YOG song. Equestrian horse draw results out A glimpse into the wardrobe of 17-year- old Lenier Pero Justiz. Photo: tan sihanHome away from home Photo: sPh-sYoGoC/marK Chan The Equestrian horse draw conducted on August 13 at the Singapore Turf Club RidingBy Tan sihan offhandedly: “Wireless hasn’t been says, “It is not boring at all. It’s very Centre was a first in OlympicT working. Got to figure the Ethernet nice and the food is very delicious.” history. eenagers shout to each other connection. And there’s no TV in the Here, the Kenyan relishes To ensure a level playing across the residential blocks. room.” being neighbours with the South field, all 38 steeds from Austra- A crowd of them walk by Mementos of previous sporting Africans though their countries are lia have been subjected to thedressed in board shorts, T-shirts and achievements, such as medals, are geographically separated. same diet and training regimeflip-flops. Drying sporting apparel is favoured by others. Other rooms are more typical of for the past 12 months.draped between national flags. Symbols of national pride are what would be expected of a teenager. Horses matched to the If these signs are anything to go another common sight in the athletes’ 17-year-old boxer Lenier Pero Justiz’s young riders will be fixedby, the athletes are settling in just quarters. 1000m runner Damaris room is instantly identified by the throughout the competition.fine. Muthee’s room is unmistakable with boxing sneakers strewn before the And the items they have chosen the Kenyan flag hanging proudly door. A jump rope, boxing glovesto help them settle into their home beside it. and banana occupy his otherwisefor the next two weeks are as varied The athletes’ domestic habits also empty shelf. Tennis drawand surprising as the countries and express themselves clearly. 16-year- Perhaps most noteworthy of all releasedsports represented. old Damaris was struck by the are the attitudes that the athletes The draw for the First Modern convenience is found neatness of her lodgings. have brought over. Round of Tennis singles forin the room of Australian boxer She has been careful to preserve For instance, the Turkish athletes both boys and girls have beenBrett Mather, 18, in the form of a it as such, with a tidied bed and are known for extending their released. Starting today, 64MacBook and iPhone, and a touch toiletries lining the shelves. CDs of customary greeting of a hug and kiss players in the singles and 16of superstition in his lucky boxing Catholic songs form her listening on either cheek to all they meet. pairs in the doubles event fromgloves. repertoire of choice. Little wonder that the Village is 39 countries will compete to His only qualm, as he mentions When asked about the Village, she starting to feel like home. bring home the gold. All matches will be played at Kallang Tennis Centre witht - 30 minutes to... the first match commencing at 10.30am today.firsT maTch of yog history made The first ever match of the inaugural Youth OlympicExcited to see 5.30pm The Iranian girls Games kicked off at 6pm on August 12 at the Jalan Besar Sta-the Iranian getting ready and lookng smart dium. The Girls Football matchgirls in action, saw Turkey emerge victorious before the match. against Iran with a score of 4-2.photojournalist This historic moment also included the first appearanceEunice Chan of the caps worn by the Iranian team.was at JalanBesar stadium “Even for me,to soak in the with all the painatmosphere. and suffering, the flame within me pushed me on.” 5.20pm 6.03pm 7.12pm Passed the X-ray scanners First goal - Scored by the Turkey and Iran players -Mr. Venkateshwaran Raman, 43, and got a spot in stands. Iranian team! collide and collapse in a torchbearer on crutches. He pain. hurt his right ankle during a YOG 5.55pm 6.47pm rehearsal and is also recovering Heard the Turkish and Spotted a group of Turk- 7.40pm Iranian anthems for the from multiple ligament tears. ish dancing, cheering and Competition concludes first time. waving the Turkish flag. with Turkey winning 4-2.
  • 4 YOV people YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILYChat with a Champion profile Cee nantana “I am hoping for the gold. ketpura I also have a dream that badminton maybe if USA won the gold usa in the Olympics, other people will start to play badminton.”Irina MerleniWrestlingUkraine Cee You on The CourT Having played badminton for nine years, Cee is hoping to clinch a gold at the YOG. Not just for herself and nation, but for her father who first exposed her to the sport. Photos by Xue Jianyue BY khoo fang xuan tender age of seven when her dad Badminton Club, California with B introduced her to the sport. In the famed coaches such as TonyIrina Merleni started adminton flows in the blood beginning, the duo played for fun, Gunawan, a former Olympic goldwrestling at the age of 15. of 16-year-old Cee Nantana but soon, the games became more medalist who coincidentally, is Ketpura. serious. also Cee’s favourite player. AlsoShe competes in the 48 kg But that is hardly surprising, Shortly after her father’s death coaching her are Halim Haryanto,weight class. She has won since her father is a badminton four years later, her family moved Rudy Gunawan and Howard Bach. fanatic and her uncle, a badminton to the United States of America In 2009, Cee created a newtwo Olympic medals in the club president. from their hometown, Thailand. record for winning triple crownswomen’s freestyle wrestling. Today, she is in Singapore “My uncle is the president of (singles, doubles and mixed) for representing the USA for the badminton club that I play for four years straight in the Junior badminton in the Youth Olympic now in the States, and I know my National in Orange. She also made 5 Games (YOG). The badminton girls’ dad had a wish for me to become a it to the quarter finals at the US singles event will take place at the champion in badminton,” explains Open in all three events. In the Singapore Indoor Stadium from Cee, regarding their decision to 2009 Adult National in Orange, sheThe age at which Irina picked up gymnastics August 15-19. migrate. emerged as second runner-up.and chess. She then discovered her talent in She earned the coveted slot to Since then, she has been staying The 16-year-old made a trip wrestling at the age of 15. represent USA in girls’ singles after with her foster parents and now back to Bangkok before coming defeating Peru’s Katherine Winder speaks English fluently. to Singapore for the Games. “My in two easy games, 21-10, 21-9 in Today, Cee trains three hours coach wants me to get used to 3 just 26 minutes. every day at the Orange County the weather in Singapore, and the In YOG 2010, only singles games weather here is really like back in would be played. Cee’s teammate is Thailand – hot!” exclaims Cee. The number of Freestyle Wrestling World Zenas Lam, who will be playing for She also had the opportunity toChampionship winner medals she has won. team USA boys’ singles. practise with some of the players When asked how she from her old club in Thailand. “All feels participating of my friends still remember me 22 in the YOG, Cee says: I’m excited, and it was so good meeting them again,” she said.The age at which she won her first Olympic I’ve been through a It is Cee’s goal to make lot of competition badminton a more recognisedGold medal at the Athens Games in 2004. At before getting here. sport in the USA.the Beijing Olympics in 2008, she claimed a I’ve fought for She says: “I am hoping for the bronze medal. every single point I gold. I also have a dream that gained.” maybe if USA won the gold in the Cee first picked Olympics, other people will start to up the badminton play badminton.”“I want all young people racket at theworldwide to join us,get encouraged by theGames, make theirlife more interesting,healthy and full ofaspirations which sportcan easily bring.”— Irina on how the YOG empowers youthsphotos: internet
  • YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILY YOV people 5 team profile handball, singapore One for the album: the Singapore handball boys with Assistant Coach Su Peiluan. photo: ng jun sen Hands up for handball BY nur asYiqin the opposition teams. The before he gave it away. T group of 17 and 18-year-olds “To his top fan,” center he interview with the had to deal with hordes of pivot Ryan Goh revealed. Singapore handball boys female fans, clamouring for “She’s very obviously (his) was just like a cramped photographs and autographs. number one (fan). She’ll family gathering, with the But that was precisely specially take pictures with room overflowing with their because they were the him, go up and talk to him.” constant clatter and boisterous favourites of the Hong Kong Back home in Singapore, ribbing. teenage girls. They showed up the opposite is the case. And they might as well be in force after the first day of Handball is a little known family, despite knowing each the tournament, just to watch sport with try-outs for the other for just a year. the boys in action. handball team only being held Ervin Sethi, the captain “Because Wilmer’s cute,” last year. and inspiration of the team, is pivot Koh Jingli teased, backed Training has been grueling undoubtedly the big brother up by his hooting teammates. for the boys, who practise among them. And he had a Wilmer Tan, a left wing dedicatedly, even during mantra, which the boys knew on the team, is nicknamed school holidays. by heart. ‘Vinci’, after a fan gave him a Having played in their “Say your quote, say your laminated drawing she had first international tournament quote,” they egged him on. painstakingly worked on. just over a month ago, the Ervin’s quote summed up The boys were armed with handball team is more than the team ethos neatly: “What enough stories about each ready to rumble. we lack in experience, we other to last a lifetime, and “I’m excited to see our make up for with our never- were always ready to spill the opponents during YOG say-die attitude”. beans on each other. because we’ve only faced adult In their overseas Right back Jason Tan’s teams,” Jason says. “It’ll be competitions, they have had lucky charm, for example, our first time seeing young to handle more than just used to be his headband, handball players.” dna Christian homer swimming trinidad & tobago
  • 6 YOV leisure YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILY TOP: Zimbabwe’s captain Mpofu Ackim (right) heads the ball above Singapore’s Brandon Koh. Photo: sPh-syogoc / seyu tzyy Wei LEFT: Zimbabwe’s Ben Chikanda (in yellow) challenges Singapore’s Iskan- dar Khairul (in red) in the Singapore versus Zimbabwe boys’ preliminaries football match of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010. Photo: sPh-syogoc / malcolm kohTHE 12TH MANby lAi juNjiE Zimbabweans how locals play vociferous fans jeered and shouted the field.“5 football. Even before the match challenges at them. “Even if national pride has been -0 minimum!” The offhand began, the psychological effect of More than once, the crowd hurt, it’s very unsportsmanlike remark by a Zimbabwean the 12th man was clearly visible. surged to their feet and screamed of Singaporeans to be this way,” player in a Singaporean The home team, waving and for cards when a foul was lamented Tan Kong Ying, 14, anewspaper may have galvanised the smiling to the crowd, appeared to committed against a Singaporean student from Jurong Secondarynation to action. derive their energy from chants of player. The roar reached its climax School. Jalan Besar stadium was packed “Singapore! Singapore! Singapore!” when the referee awarded a yellow Honourable behaviour or not,to near-capacity with 4,800 football The impetus appeared to give the card to a Zimbabwean player. the effect of the 12th man cannotfans, and judging by the deafening Cubs an extra push in their initial “I feel some of the Singaporeans be underestimated. Singaporeansroar of the crowd, it was as if the attack, granting the crowd their are too much. People were shouting dominated the day in the spectatorhome team had a 12th man on the wish just 11 seconds into the game referee kayu (incompetent)!” said stands, and in accordance with that,field — in the form of a nation. when Ammirul Mazlan nailed the Nicholas Low, 14, a student from they were able to influence the flow “I came today because Zimbabwe point home with a goal. Victoria School. “We should not of the game.said they would trash Singapore In contrast, the Zimbabwean detest our opponents. It’s all about5-0,” said Danial Shafiq Rahman. “I supporters were often shouted down friendship.” 1-3came to see Singapore prove them by the Singaporean crowd, and Perhaps the most heartbreakingwrong.” the players on the field appeared incident of the day was when a Undoubtedly, the Singaporean to wilt before the aural onslaught. group of Singaporean boys in thefans were riled up and eager Occasionally, a player glanced at the spectator stands jeered at an injured Final score at full-time, into see the home team show the crowd and flinched when the more Zimbabwean player as he limped off Singapore’s favourSingapore WOW!comes you to thespirit behind the Gamesby sHAwN sEE Deputy village mayor and Isinbayeva made a surpriseI former Singaporean swimmer appearance and dispensed t was a night of music, dance Joscelin Yeo kicked off the words of wisdom to the Young and celebration for 3,500 festivities by reminding the crowd Olympians. athletes at the WOW!come about the spirit behind the Games. “Try your best and buildYOUth session in the Youth “Sports is bringing together friendships with your teammatesOlympic Village on the eve of the people of all races, religions and and other countries,” she said.inaugural Youth Olympic Games. cultures. I hope in the next two The champion pole vaulter A celebratory mood was in the weeks you will encounter many was accompanied by 40 athleteair and if there were any rivalry, different cultures, not just on the role models from various NOCsit was certainly nowhere to be field, but by visiting the NOC who were brought on stagefound in the athlete congregation. (National Olympic Committee) and introduced to the futureIt was a sight to behold as athletes booths and in the dining halls,” Olympians.of different nationalities all came she said. The evening was drawn totogether to mingle and dance with The crowd reached an a close when local presenterseach other in multiple conga lines electrifying high when official performed the Olympic themethat formed in the crowd. YOG ambassador Yelena song, Everyone. Deputy mayor, Joscelin Yeo addressing a packed“Sports is bringing together people of all races, religions and cultures.” audience at the village square.- Former Singaporean swimmer, Joscelin Yeo Photo: Ng juN seN
  • YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILY features 7Daring to be DifferentThe Youth bY KHoo fang XUan mixed gender event for the aquatics freestyle relay and Modern Pentathlon an almost century-old sport, also made a drasticOlympics D medley relay is included. It The exhilarating one- change by switching from espite its prestigious will feature two male and day race that covers five traditional pellet-firing airGames — the origins, the Youth two female swimmers. events is said to be a true pistols to high-tech laser Games is not afraid Besides swimming, representation of the guns for the shooting event.brainchild of to differ from the traditional athletics, archery and Olympic spirit. These battery-poweredIOC President Summer Games. In fact, there are many triathlon are also getting into the act. In consideration for the safety of athletes as guns from Germany may sound like something fromJacques Rogge unorthodox yet exuberant changes to make the games “Probably the mixed relay can be something well as making the sport more accessible to all a sci-fi movie, but differ little from the original.back in 2001, what they should be — which may be of interest youths, horse-riding will be The environmental excluded from the race. movement pushed for thishas grown to youthful and daring. at the end of the day,” said Cornel Marculescu, For the Youth Games, change and it has made thedispel the notion Gendering Sport Executive Director of the International Swimming the sport will include swimming, fencing, and a game safer for both athletes and spectators.that it is just a To highlight the Olympic Federation (FINA). combined run-and-shoot event so as to inject more Now, viewers are allowed to watch the action values of friendship and “It is a very goodpoorer cousin respect, a significant change opportunity to test new dynamism into the sport. from just 20 metres awayof the Summer to the Games comes from the mixing and matching ideas which after that may become an event in a Pentathletes will attempt stints on the shooting range, instead of the usual 100. Pentathletes will takeOlympics of teams from different genders or nationalities. world championship or in the Olympic programme,” while running distances in between them. time getting used to the gun as there is less recoil with no For the first time, a Marculescu said. Modern pentathlon, need to reload. Basketball 3-on-3 – there are only ten seconds to shoot.” The original “It will be more game has a 24-second shot stressful – Titled FIBA 33, this format was introduced allowance. there are only ten as a fast-paced sport on “It is a problem sometimes as it is more seconds to shoot. basketball’s half-court. With one hoop, two tiring and more skills are It is a problem teams with three players, needed,” the 24-year-old sometimes as it is coach added. they strive to be the first to Others beg to differ. more tiring and score 33 points before time is up. “The new format is great,” more skills are “It gives us the Germany girls’ basketball team Itzi Grashoff said, “but needed.” opportunity to have a the rules are difficult – ten fresh look at the game and - Chile Girls’ Basketball Team seconds for one offence.” to learn a little bit from Through the introduction Coach, Natalia Osorio on the extreme sports on the of FIBA 33, a relatively more change in rules from the streets,” Fédération affordable and simpler previous Olympic Games. Internationale de game, it is hoped that more Basketball (FIBA) youths from countries secretary general 3 outside of the USA, known Patrick Baumann for its NBA games and said to the players, will have better Associated Press. The number of players that are opportunities to pursue this During two allowed on court at any given sport. intensive five- time instead of the usual five. “There is a whole minute periods, population of basketball there are no players out there that time-outs - compared to the we don’t interact with,” original version that allows Baumann said, “the for multiple time-outs. challenge for FIBA is what These changes help happens the day after the transform the sport into an Youth Olympics finish.” invigorating version to play. “The 3-on-3 format is new and more fast-paced,” Chile girls’ basketball team coach Natalia Osorio said. AdditionAl reporting by “It will be more stressful dArren tAn And Ashley mAk
  • 8 photo feature YOUNG OLYMPIAN DAILYOlympic party by the waterfrontAll eyes are on Singapore as theGames launches with a show ofcolour and exuberanceABOVE: Performers in the ankle-deep Reflecting Pool brandishingtongues of flame in a fiery “Playing with Fire” Act. The performancesymbolises courage, strength and wisdom. photo: NG JUN SENRIGHT: An excited boy cheers the performers on at The Float @Marina Bay. photo: IvaN taNRIGHT: A performerstrikes a giantmatchstick to mark theopening of the “Playingwith Fire” act.photo: NG JUN SENBOTTOM: VictoriaSchool Choir’s studentconductor Justin Gohleads Deyi Military Bandmembers and studentvolunteers in a movingrendition of the NationalAnthem. photo: IvaN taN ABOVE: In the opening to the “Monster” show segment, a shadow boxer faces his own demon, depicting an athlete’s struggle to excellence. photo: Lam YarN