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Beijing Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic torch relay in Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur was 13th of the 51 cities to be visited by the Olympic torch on its way to Beijing. The final 31 of these venues are all in China, on the torch’s domestic tour of this year’s Olympic Games host country. This should rekindle the Olympic flame into a semblance of glory by the time it gets to its final destination, after an acrimonious world tour during which this symbol of universal amity in sport was subjected to indignities from protesters expressing solidarity with the people of Tibet.

The Malaysian leg of the Olympic Torch Relay went on relatively smoothly yesterday, except for four people, including a family of three, who were detained briefly for displaying pro-Tibet sentiments. Those detained were a Japanese couple in their 30s and their 5-year-old son and an English woman in her 40s. They were released after being questioned by the police for several hours.

The event began at 2.25pm at Dataran Merdeka after the Olympic torch, brought by Beijing Olympic Games organising committee deputy president Jiang Xiaoyu, was lighted.

There are 80 torchbearers with Olympic Council Malaysia president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar was the first runner, followed by former OCM president Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah.

Olympic torch relay in Kuala LumpurChinese ambassador to Malaysia Cheng Yonghua was the second last runner. Cheng passed the torch to the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah. Sultan Azlan Shah was the final torchbearer and he lighted up the cauldron at the Esplanade area in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). The flame from the cauldron is transferred to a canister and taken to Jakarta for the next leg.

Other notable runners included AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Tony Fernandes, badminton stars Rashid Sidek, Cheah Soon Kit, Yap Kim Hock, Razif Sidek and Jailani Sidek, squash champion Nicol David, NGO activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha and AmBank Group chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim.

Some of the Beijing-bound athletes also took part as torchbearers and it was the perfect tonic before they compete in the biggest sporting event on earth in August. Among them were shuttler Lee Chong Wei and diver Bryan Nickson Lomas.

Malaysia last hosted a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay when Japan became the first Asian country to host the biggest sporting event in the world in 1964.

Photos from The Star Photo Gallery

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