Beijing Olympic flame arrives in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 (Xinhua) -- The sacred flame of the 2008
Beijing Olympic Games on early Sunday arrived in the Malaysia
capital of Kuala Lumpur, the 13th leg of its global torch relay.
A chartered plane carrying the flame, which was ignited on March
24 in ancient Olympia of Greece, landed on the Kuala Lumpur international
airport at local time 02:30 a.m. local time (1830GMT) from Bangkok,
capital of Thailand.
Jiang Xiaoyu, vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee
of Olympic Games (BOCOG), carried the lantern of the flame and
walked off the plane.
Upon arrival at the airport, Jiang and the flame received a warm
welcome by a cheering crowd, among whom are Deputy president of
the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) M. Jegathesan and OCM honorary
secretary Sieh Kok Chi.
Chinese ambassador to Malaysia Cheng Yonghua also came to the
airport to welcome the flame of the Beijing Olympics, which is
scheduled to be held this August.
The Kuala Lumpur leg of the torch relay, which will be started
from Dataran Merdeka and concluded at the famous "Twins Tower"
KLCC, will start on Monday afternoon. Eighty torch bearers will
take part in the relay.
The Olympic global torch relay will cover 137,000 kilometers
before the flame returns to Beijing.