SINGAPORE - The first-ever Asian Youth Games were inaugurated by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong here amidst a colourful ceremony at the National Indoor Stadium. Over 400 students of four institutes of Singapore displayed different skills of gymnastics, dancing and acrobats to the beat of traditional Singaporean drum beat. The display was named as Garden in the City. Though the games rolled into action with the football competitions but the formal inauguration was performed on Monday in a high-roofed stadium illuminated with lights of the colours seen in rainbow. Over the next nine days, these Games would give theses future athletes a glimpse into professionalism and chance to mingle with each other. All the athletes underwent strict H1N1 tests and unfortunately 42 were found infected out of which five were positive and 37 were quarantined. Naveed Akram Cheema, President Wapda Sports Board, led the Pakistan contingent as chef-de-mission. Wapda swimmer Ghulam Muhammad was flag bearer of the Pakistan squad. The hosts Singapore have the largest participation with 96 athletes and their neighbouring country Malaysia has 79 players for 10 disciplines which are to be held at as many venues of the city-state. Pakistan is taking part in athletics, swimming, sailing and table tennis while its football team has already been pushed out after their first round. They were beaten by Korea while their matches against China and Myanmar ended in stalemate. India on the other hand has entered the field with 71 athletes. Swissotel the Stamford is being used as the Games Village , where all the athletes of the participating countries are being housed. Raja Randhir Singh, Secretary General of the OCA, has already given the AYG a thumbs up for the efforts drawn by the organising committee. "Everything is well, and we would like to thank the various National Olympic Committees (NOCs) for participating in the AYG. The OCA is happy that it has had an opportunity to organise the AYG with Singapore ," Raja said. He stressed the fact that the inaugural Asian Youth Games in Singapore will be a benchmark for future Asian Youth Games. The opening ceremony closed with the igniting of the AYG flame and the theme some Hand in hand we strive to be the best.