Torch run to herald multi-sport event


(From left) Yew, Farizan and Chong Eng showing the torch for the run. With them is APMG mascot CUN.

(From left) Yew, Farizan and Chong Eng showing the torch for the run. With them is APMG mascot CUN.

THE Asia Pacific Master Games (APMG) Torch Run will kick off this Saturday, covering a journey of 3,908km all over Malaysia.

State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus, who was present during the unveiling ceremony at Komtar in Penang, said the design for the torch was created by Penangite Chee Zong Heng.

“The design is futuristic and incorporates the same combination of colours as APMG logo,” he said, adding that the run would begin from Kudat, Sabah, on Saturday and arrive in Penang on Sept 2.

The Torch Run, which is open to Malaysians and tourists alike, is to create awareness of the inaugural APMG which will see 22 different sport events being hosted at 24 locations in Penang from Sept 8 to 15.

Penang Island City Council mayor Yew Tung Seang said the APMG events would be open to those aged 30 and above with the exception of the swimming event.

“The main purpose of the APMG is not about winning. Instead, we aim to encourage seniors to be more active in sports,” he said adding that 5,000 were expected to take part in the games.

Yew, who is also APMG 2018 vice-chairman, said 130 athletes from the council would be taking part in 10 sport events.

“Our team will participate in bowling, table tennis, cycling, netball, archery, volleyball, athletics, badminton, football and hockey,” he said.

Meanwhile, state executive councillor Chong Eng said the run would help support sports tourism, promote healthier lifestyles and enhance camaraderie among the local authorities involved in the games.

Those wishing to join the torch run can enquire from apmgtorch@mbpp.gov.my while those who want to take part in the games can sign up at https://www.apmg2018.com/