Sunday, April 20, 2008

Olympic Torch Relay in Kuala Lumpur

This time I am able to experience myself an International event that is held around KL. The relay pass by Jalan Sultan Ismail and I am able to watch the olympic torch bearer in person. Most of my colleagues went down to cheer, support & took pictures, video for the event.


Buses & crowd follow the Olympic torch.

Waiting for the Olympic torch to arrive.

Cheer team from Samsung as sponsor.

View from another angle.

Infomation about it:
The 2008 Olympic Torch Relay will run until August 8, 2008, prior to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Plans for the relay were announced on April 26, 2007, in Beijing, China. The relay, with the theme Journey of Harmony, is expected to last 130 days and carry the torch 137,000 km. (85,100 mi.) — the longest distance of any Olympic torch relay. By comparison, when this globe-trotting ritual was first introduced to promote the 1936 Games, the Olympic flame only travelled 3,422 km from Athens to Berlin.

In 2008, after being lit in Olympia, Greece, the torch traveled to the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, and then to Beijing, arriving on March 31. From Beijing, the torch is following a route passing through six continents. The torch will visit cities on the Silk Road, symbolizing ancient links between China and the rest of the world. The relay will also include an attempt to carry the flame to the top of Mount Everest .

The 2008 torch relay has been controversial, being marked on multiple occasions by protests regarding China's human rights record, and in particular the ongoing unrest in Tibet. The path of the torch has been changed on several occasions, with the torch being extinguished by the organisers several times during the Paris leg.


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