Five Malaysian shuttlers become Beijing Olympic torchbearers
(BEIJING, December 26) — The Olympic Council of Malaysia nominated the five top Malaysian badminton shuttlers as Olympic torchbearers during Malaysia’s leg of the torch relay for the Beijing Olympics, reported China News Services on Tuesday.
The five badminton players, including idols Yap Kim Hock and Cheah Soon Kit as well as the Latif brothers, have won Olympic medals for their country.
The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) signed an agreement with Lord Mayor of Kuala Lumpur (KL) for the Olympic Torch Relay in KL on December 5, 2007. According to the agreement, the Beijing Olympic Torch Relay will take place in KL on April 20 and 21, 2008. Each torchbearer will run a distance of 250 meters, within a time of 2.5 minutes, for a total distance of 20 km covered by the 80 torchbearers. The KL leg will end at the landmark Petronas Twin Towers.
This will be the second time that Malaysia will host the Olympic relay; the first Olympic torch relay leg in the country was the run-up to the Tokyo Games in 1964.
The relay will have the longest route in Olympic Torch Relay history. It will involve 21,880 torchbearers and cover a total distance of 137,000 km within 130 days.