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Olympic fever set to hit town in July 2005

Source: www.singapore2005ioc.org.sg

Singapore Gears Up For Upcoming 117th IOC Session With Special Activities To Commemorate Occasion

Olympic fever is set to hit Singapore in July 2005 as it hosts the most exciting event in its sports history - the 117th IOC Session where the 2012 Olympic Games host city will be elected.
The Singapore Organising Committee (SOC) for the 117th IOC Session updated the media on what will take place during the IOC session, in particular, the events leading to the election for the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The announcement ceremony for the successful host city will commence at 7.30pm on 6 July 2005. The Session will also review the Summer Olympics programme, each of the 28 sports in the Summer Olympics will be put to a vote at the Session.
"This is a historic event for Singapore. 3,000 to 5,000 sports officials, enthusiasts and media will be travelling from all over the world to our country for the session and let's not forget that more than 1 billion people from around the world will be glued to their TV sets watching the announcement of the host city for the 2012 Olympic Games from their homes. Singapore is poised to take centrestage internationally and this will definitely help boost Singapore's image as a vibrant, cosmopolitan and happening city pulsating with life and activities." commented Mr Ng Ser Miang, President of the Singapore Organising Committee for the 117th IOC Session and IOC Member in Singapore.
Planning for the session is also moving into high gear to prepare for the influx of people - IOC members, sports leaders from International Federations and future Games Organising Committees, officials and supporters from each of the bid city for the 2012 Olympic Games and some 1,500 personnel from print and broadcast media are expected to be in Singapore for the 117th IOC Session.
To cope with the huge arrival of visitors, about 500 volunteers are working on this project to ensure that it is a resounding success. They are involved in a variety of areas such as hospitality, media support, logistics and programme coordination and operations management.
Said Mr Ng: "This is a unique opportunity for Singaporeans to share their warmth and hospitality as the world watches. Hosting the event will also enable Singapore to further contribute towards the Olympic movement."
Several events would also be held in conjunction with the 117th session to allow Singaporeans to experience the spirit of the Olympic movement.
Olympism is a philosophy emphasising the role of sports in world development, towards international understanding, peaceful co-existence, and social and moral education. It is the basis for the Olympic spirit and values of hope, equality, respect for others, friendship, fair-play, and inspiration. Whilst the Olympic Games are held every four years, Olympism is an on-going movement.
The Olympic spirit will be making its way into town, not only during the session, but also in the months leading up to and during the month of July. Special activities will be held in conjunction with this occasion.
"No Stamps, No Olympics? Stamps & Olympics: An Intimate Relationship"
Did you know that there might not have been the modern Olympics if not for stamps?
Singaporeans can find out more about the intimate relationship between stamps and modern Olympics when a prized collection of Olympic stamps valued at S$1.5 million and dating back from 1896, will be specially flown in from the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland for the first time.
Besides shedding some light on the history of stamps and the Olympics, the exhibition will showcase the stamps issued during the very first Olympics, the rarest as well as the most expensive stamps in Olympic history.
A set of commemorative postage stamps will also be issued on 5 July 2005 to mark the opening of the 117th IOC Session in Singapore.
"We're extremely delighted to present this exhibition as it gives Singaporeans a chance to soak in the spirit of Olympism by gaining an insight into the intricate relationship between stamps and the Olympics. Visitors to the exhibition will also discover many interesting fun facts about this relationship throughout the Olympic movement's long history," said Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager of the Singapore Philatelic Museum."
The exhibition will be held at the Singapore Philatelic Museum from 18 May - 18 August 2005 and is organised in collaboration with the Singapore National Olympic Council and the Singapore Sports Council.
Other Activities (Details to be announced later)
Olympic Museum Exhibition
Date : 1 July 2005
Venue : Atrium, Raffles City Convention Centre
Olympic Day Run
Date : 2 July 2005
Route : Marina Promenade to Singapore Indoor Stadium
For more information, please visit www.singapore2005ioc.org.sg.

Source: www.singapore2005ioc.org.sg Media Release 5 May 2005

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