The first Youth Olympic Games mascots unveiled for Singapore 2010!
The Singapore 2010 Organising Committee unveiled the first Youth Olympic Games mascots on Saturday 21 November 2009: Lyo (pronounced Leo) and Merly.
Lyo is short for “Lion of the Youth Olympics”. A sports lover, he is fun-loving and hopes to inspire young people to keep fit and enjoy sport for life. He symbolises young people’s boundless energy, their determination to live life to the fullest and zeal to strive for excellence.
Merly got her name from “mer” (meaning the sea) and “ly” stands for liveliness and youthfulness. A passionate advocate of environmental protection, Merly believes that everyone has a role to play in working towards a sustainable future. She also wants to encourage young people to play an active role in their communities and promote respect for one another.
Naming the mascots
From 14 August to 6 September 2009, members of the public had been invited to name the mascots. About 375 entries were received from more than 20 countries. Lyo was named by Sean Pang Yi Wei, while Tung Chi Jun picked the name for Merly. Sean and Chi Jun, both Singaporeans, had the opportunity to be amongst the first to meet Lyo and Merly in person at the unveiling ceremony.
Lyo and Merly will be appearing at many Singapore 2010 events in the coming months to help create buzz and excitement for the Games.
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