SEA Games torch tours Hanoi
|Vietnamese runner Nguyen Thi Huyen, who is multi-time SEA Games winner, and outstanding Vietnamese athletes carry the torch around the Hoan Kiem Lake area. (Photo: VNA)|
Cambodian Ambassador to Vietnam Chea Kimtha said the torch relay shows a well-developed Cambodia-Vietnam relationship as well as the friendship and solidarity that the two countries have built and cultivated.
She thanked the Government of Vietnam, the Vietnam Olympic Committee, and relevant units for supporting, coordinating, and creating favourable conditions for the relay in Vietnam to proceed smoothly.
Vietnamese runner Nguyen Thi Huyen, who is multi-time SEA Games winner, and 200 Vietnamese athletes carried the torch around the Hoan Kiem Lake area. Theu started from the Cambodian Embassy and marched through different streets in Hanoi before returning to the embassy.
The next stop of the torch will be the Philippines, to be followed by Brunei, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, and Laos, before returning to Cambodia on April 27.
|Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni (2nd right) lights the torch with a candle lit from the sun's rays as Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) looks on during a ceremony prior to the 32nd SEA Games at Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap on March 21. (Photo: AFP/VNA)|
The torch is 75cm tall and weighs 1kg. It is designed following the shape of the Romdoul, Cambodia's national flower. The torch relay stands for solidarity, friendship, and good cooperation among nations in the region.
Earlier, King Norodom Sihamoni presided over a torch-lighting ceremony on March 21 at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, marking the start of the relay.
The torch arrived in the capital city on March 22.
The SEA Games will be held on May 5-17 in Phnom Penh and four localities of Siem Reap, Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, and Kep. It will be followed by the 12th ASEAN Para Games on June 3-9.