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14 August 2009



OMEGA, Official Timekeeper unveiled the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games official Countdown Clock on August 14 at 8pm, exactly one year to the actual Opening Ceremony of the first Youth Olympic Games on August 14, 2010.

The SYOGOC organised a One Year Countdown event at the Padang to commemorate 365

days to the first Youth Olympic Games. Mr Ng Ser Miang, Chairman of SYOGOC delivered

the opening remarks, followed by the screening of Mr Jacques Rogge, International Olympic

Committee President’s video message and Mr Christophe Berthaud, General Manager of

Swiss Timing’s speech. Guest of honour, Professor S. Jayakumar, Senior Minister and Coordinating

Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Ser Luck, Mayor, North East District and

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development, Youth & Sports, and Transport

and Mr Ng Ser Miang were invited up on stage to join Mr Chirstophe Berthaud to reveal the

majestic ten-meter tall landmark sculpture standing at the entrance of the historical City Hall



The OMEGA Countdown Clock features red LED indicators counting down the time to 14

August 2010, and thereafter right through the Games. “Spirit of Youth”, the official emblem of

the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games along with the five-coloured Olympic rings and

the OMEGA Official Timekeeper logo are also prominently featured on the clock.


The clock design was inspired by the metropolitan, vibrant and dynamic city. The hour glass

shape of the clock represents the fundamental importance of sports timekeeping at the

Youth Olympic Games and is a youthful, modern representation of the participating

Olympians from around the world. The Countdown Clock serves as a unique landmark in the

heart of the city, creating a lasting sports legacy and a meeting place for all residents and

visitors to enjoy.


After Senior Minister Professor S. Jayakumar’s speech, invited guests and members of the

public were treated to a spectacular view of scintillating fireworks in celebration of the

countdown to the Youth Olympic Games with Singapore as the first host city.


Mr David Ponzo, Vice President of OMEGA South East Asia said, “It is a great honour and

privilege for OMEGA to be the Official Timekeeper of the first Youth Olympic Games in

Olympic history and are proud to be participants of this historical international event in

support of youth in sports through our technological advancements in sports timekeeping. In

our journey with the Olympics, this stood out as the most meaningful partnership and we

look forward to counting down the seconds together with SYOGOC to the start of the games

in Singapore next year.”


The Singapore 2010 Countdown Clock underlines the key role of Omega as Official

Timekeeper to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Beginning in Los Angeles in

1932, Omega has delivered the official results at 23 Olympic Games to date, including the

more recent Olympic Summer Games in Beijing 2008. As Official Timekeeper, Omega

assures the accuracy of scoring and competition results and ensures that results are

delivered promptly to the public at the venues and through broadcast, print and online media

to audiences around the world.


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