THE Youth Olympic Flame touched down in Dakar, Senegal today, the second stop of a journey that will span five continents before reaching the host country of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2010, Singapore.
The flame arrived at the Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport from Berlin, Germany at around 4am this morning.
It travelled around Dakar, visiting historical sites such as Hotel De Ville and Palais de la Republique, and was then transported to Goree Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The flame was brought onto the island from the sea through the Masion des esclaves (Slave House) famed "Door of No Return".
A local Senegalese music group performed there and the flame was then returned to the centre of Goree Island where city celebrations took place, with both Senegalese and Singaporean performances, in which Supernova - a Singapore band - brought a slice of life and culture to Dakar.
The journey of the Youth Olympic Flame is a 13-day journey and the next stop will be Mexico City.
The flame will arrive in Singapore on August 6 for a traditional six-day torch relay around the island before being brought to the Float@Marina Bay, where it will ignite the Singapore 2010 YOG cauldron during the opening ceremony, marking the start of the Games.
It will continue to burn throughout the 12 days of the Games until the closing ceremony on August 26.