|Karim (right) speaks to reporters as Snowdan looks on during the press conference.|
KUCHING: The Torch Run for the 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Paralympics in Sarawak will commence in Lawas on June 8 and end in Kuching on June 15.
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said five divisions in the state have been chosen as locations for the run.
According to the newly appointed minister, the Torch Run will begin on June 8 at the Sabah-Sarawak border at Merapok in Lawas with the distance of 7km and move on to Mulu, Miri on June 10 and to Sekuau, Sibu on June 11.
“The Run will continue across the longest bridge in Malaysia the Batang Sadong Bridge in Simunjan on June 12 covering a distance of 11km.
“From Samarahan, the Torch will be brought to Petra Jaya, Kuching where the run will continue from Bangunan Baitumal Sarawak to the Kuching Waterfront for a distance of 6km before it is flown to Perlis on June 14,” Karim said at a press conference yesterday.
He said the run was to promote the 29th SEA Games which will be held in August this year.
“The main objective of the Torch Run is to allow the people of the five locations to feel the heat of SEA Games and introducing the sponsors involved in the games.
“Apart from that, the run is also aimed at highlighting the beautiful places in Malaysia especially in Sarawak such as the longhouses, Gunung Mulu and others.”
He said several local athletes who have brought honour and glory to Malaysia would be given the honour as the torch bearers.
Karim also hoped that the locals in the respective locations would give their full support and take part in the run to make it a merry affair.
Also present at the press conference were Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Snowdan Lawan and Youth and Sports Department Sarawak director Abdul Haris Ishak. The SEA Games will be held on Aug 19-30 while the ASEAN Paralympics is from Sept 17 to 23. -TheBorneoPost