Not raining on this parade: Juani holding the torch as he leads runners on the KL2017 Torch Run in Putrajaya.
PUTRAJAYA: The slight drizzle did not dampen the spirit of Juani Munir Abu Bakar, who was a torch bearer at the Putrajaya leg of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) Torch Run.
The 30-year-old runner was beaming with pride as he ran and carried the torch along Persiaran Perdana, together with hundreds of others.
“It is such a huge honour for me to be a torch bearer for the Games. This is an experience one can never forget, and I will probably remember it for the rest of my life,” said Juani.
Earlier this year, when Juani saw an online application to become a torch bearer, he jumped at the opportunity.
“It is also not every day that your country becomes the host of a major sporting event like this, so I am very pleased to be selected as one of the torch bearers,” said Juani, who loves running and regularly participates in marathons.
Running alongside him yesterday was Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, who was the first to carry the torch at the start of the run.
Others who took part were Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Md Ikshan and Youth and Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Lokman Hakim Ali.
A total of 60 people took turns to carry the torch during the run.
Putrajaya is the penultimate leg of the torch run before the final lap to the Kuala Lumpur Sports City in Bukit Jalil.
The KL SEA Games will be held from Aug 19 until 30, to be followed by the KL Asean Para Games from Sept 17 to 23.
Three world champions – track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, diver Cheong Jun Hoong and silat exponent Mohd Al-Jufferi Jamari – will be the standard bearers of the Games.