A first-of-a-kind baton run began in Brunei yesterday to fan the fire for the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games from Aug 19-31.
According to The Star Online, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin launched the inaugural run – themed Rising Together – at the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan. More than 6,000 sports enthusiasts took part.
The run will be held in all the 11 countries competing in the Games. The next stop is in the Philippines on March 12 and ends in Singapore on May 13.
After that, the run will be held in Malaysia.
Khairy was happy with the big turnout in Brunei.
“I hope that this event in Brunei will be a catalyst for the region to rise together to make the SEA Games and Asean Para Games (Sept 17-23) an overwhelming success,” said Khairy, who is also the SEA Games organising chairman.
Khairy ran with Prince Sufri Bolkiah, the Brunei Olympic Council president, during the run.
The others involved in the 7.4km run were local stars like para-athlete Awang Sahri Jumat (Singapore Asean Para Games javelin gold medallist), Awang Mohd Sufi Shayiranbin Roslan (2015 Singapore SEA Games wushu bronze medallist) and former Brunei sports greats Awang Azmi Hadzid (cycling), Awang Kifli Hamzah (silat), Dayang Nurul Ain Mohd Jaafar (taekwondo), Awang Zatie Hidayat Saidi (sepaktakraw) and Nurul Nabilah Mohd Salleh (lawn bowls).