Malaysia hands over SEA Games flame to PH

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(CNN Philippines, October 3) — Malaysia has formally handed over the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games flame to the Philippines in a ceremony held Thursday at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

Olympic Council of Malaysia President Norza Zakaria presented the flame in a ceremonial lighting of the lantern to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), which was represented by one of its board members, Cynthia Carrion, the chairman of the POC women in sports committee.

There to witness the important ceremony were Nikko Huelgas, president of the Philippine Athletes Commission, Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara, Commissioner Celia Kiram of the Philippine Sports Commission and Malaysian Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“As we receive the flame from Malaysia, we also receive the responsibilities that comes with hosting the flame in our country,” said Kiram.

From Kuala Lumpur, the lantern carrying the flame will be brought to the Philippines, kicking off the torch run activities to be held in various parts of the country, namely in Davao City, Cebu City, and Clark.

It will also be presented to the House of Representatives, the Senate, and Malacañang Palace.

“Malaysia hosted one of the best SEAG editions, and we will do our best and try to be at par with them in hosting these Games,” said Kiram.

“This flame symbolizes the spirit of the SEA Games and this handover signifies an exchange of ideas, goodwill and genuine friendship,” said Suzara.

The 2019 SEA Games will run from November 30 to December 11 this year. It’s the biggest SEA Games yet as it features 56 sports and 523 events spread across 39 venues in Clark, Subic, Tagaytay, La Union, Batangas, and Metro Manila.