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Monday, April 21, 2008

Sacred Flame of The Beijing Olympics reaches Kuala Lumpur

Oh dear! It was raining cats and dogs just when the torch relay was going on. The relay started from Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) at 2:00pm and scheduled to reach the Petronas Twin Towers four hours later where it will be celebrated with a grand ceremony.

Time-check: 6:30pm now. It must have been a havoc in the heavy downpour. It's still raining but at a lesser intensity.

Kuala Lumpur is the thirteenth stop of the 2008 worldwide Olympic torch relay outside of the Chinese mainland.

This is the OCM president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar, who is the first torchbearer in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur's 10.8 km route passes through key historic and tourist sites in the city. Among the eighty torchbearers scheduled for the run, members of the country's government, various athletes, and celebrities will carry the sacred flame, including former Olympic competitors Cheah Soon Kit, Yap Kim Hock, Jalani Razif, Rashid Razif, and current women's world number one squash player Nicol David.

This is the planned route for the torch relay.



Source: torchrelay.beijing2008.cn/en

9 comments:

  1. Awesome way to increase global warming!

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  2. No, no!! Don't say the same about my scooter!!!! :-) My poor scooter..

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  3. So are there any Chinese nationals in the torch relay?

    I don't understand why Chinese paralympic athlete Jin Jing was in Paris carrying the torch. If all the torch bearers were French perhaps the relay wouldn't have turned violent.

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  4. That's a hit topic around the world. :-) It will be arrived in here on 3 May. Luckily it is Sat.
    Expecting it excitly.

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  5. I don't understand why Chinese paralympic athlete Jin Jing was in Paris carrying the torch. If all the torch bearers were French perhaps the relay wouldn't have turned violent.

    Probably because when the torch was going through London a British torch bearer whipped out a Tibetan flag...and was promptly pounced upon by security. I'm sure the Chinese are doing everything in their power to minimize the chance of an activist getting the torch in his or her hands.

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  6. LB, who knows, they might do away with this ritual one day soon.

    Your poor scooter? lol

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  7. KS: So are there any Chinese nationals in the torch relay?

    From the list of 80 torchbearers published, all are Malaysians though there were Chinese officials accompanying the torch.

    As to your other point, I have no idea. In the first place, I feel religion is best kept separate from sports, the same in the case of religion and politics. It's like water and oil?

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  8. PP, so will you be watching it go by? Kinda exciting, isn't it? Enjoy the experience.

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  9. MM, is that what it was all about?

    I didn't know that the torchbearer gets to keep the torch after the flame attendant takes out the fuel canister. One helluva souvenir for the torchbearer.

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