The 2017 Kuala Lumpur Torch Run (KL2017) ahead of the 29th SEA Games and the 9th Asean Para Games arrived in Terengganu on Sunday.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman received the torch from Pasir Puteh Umno division chief and Semerak assemblyman Datuk Wan Zawawi Othman at the Kelantan-Terengganu border.
A festive welcome greeted the the Kelantan delegation at the Kuala Besut gate, Panchakan village, Pasir Puteh.
Ahmad Razif ran with the torch for 50m before climbing onto a horse-drawn carriage. He was greeted by 2,000 people at the Kuala Besut Muara Square.
“The Terengganu leg will see all eight districts involved.
“A total of 71 Terengganu athletes representing the country will also participate in this event,” he said.
Ahmad Razif said the SEA Games was a good platform to foster greater solidarity and undivided love for the country.
“We have to be grateful for what we have achieved and what we have done is already quite good. Hopefully, the Malaysian team will be able to collect as many gold medals as possible and become the champions of the 2017 SEA Games,” he said.
In addition, during a press conference, he said the state government was willing to reward athletes from Terengganu who won medals.
However, the reward will be determined later based on the provisions set by the State Sports Council, he added.
On the Endurance race at the Terengganu International Park, Bidong Valley, Setiu, Ahmad Razif said preparations had been made including providing training to volunteers and he hoped the event would be carried out as planned.
Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, will be representing the national contingent in the Endurance event.
The torch run began at the Kuala Besut Jetty yesterday before it was taken along a sea route by scuba divers to Pulau Perhentian, Setiu.
It will be taken to Bandar Permaisuri, Kuala Terengganu, Marang, Dungun and Kerteh before ending the Terengganu leg in Kemaman on July 24. — Bernama