Laos dis­play great touch for Ba­ton Run

New Straits Times - - Sport -

VIENTIANE, the cap­i­tal of Laos, pro­vided a change in pace and scenery in the third leg of the Ris­ing To­gether Ba­ton Run as the city of more than 700,000 wel­comed the Malaysian en­tourage for their Sea Games pro­mo­tional tour.

While Brunei pro­vided a more dis­ci­plined run over the course of 7km and the Philip­pines in­jected a car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere al­most over the same dis­tance, Vientiane gave a more his­tor­i­cal fo­cus to mark their 10km run.

The cit­i­zens of this city might be small in num­bers but they were def­i­nitely not small in ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm as more than 3,000 par­tic­i­pants made full use of the quin­tes­sen­tial Laos-in­spired mon­u­ments to give the Ba­ton Run a quainter feel to the whole pro­gram.

“The Ba­ton Run has given a feel-good fac­tor to the pro­mo­tion of the 2017 Sea Games which Malaysia will host,” said Deputy Sports Min­is­ter Datuk M. Sar­a­vanan in Vientiane yes­ter­day.

That Luang or the Great Stupa is a gold-cov­ered Bud­dhist Stupa in the city cen­tre with his­tory stretch­ing back to the third cen­tury, was the start­ing point with Sar­a­vanan pass­ing the ba­ton over to Sengdeuane Lachan­thaboune, Laos min­is­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and sports.

The run cov­ered sev­eral his­tor­i­cal sites and at the fin­ish, the ba­ton was passed back to Sar­a­vanan by Sengdeuane who then pre­sented it to Daw Tin Tin Htwe of the Myan­mar em­bassy in Laos.

The Ris­ing To­gether Ba­ton Run was con­cep­tu­alised as part of the legacy for the 29th SEA Games which Malaysia will host on Aug 19-31.

The Run cov­ers all coun­tries tak­ing part in the Sea Games and the Asean Para Games. The run ends in Sin­ga­pore on May 13 be­fore the start of the Torch Run in Malaysia.

Deputy Sports Min­is­ter Datuk M. Sar­a­vanan passes the ba­ton to Laos Ed­u­ca­tion and Sports Min­is­ter Sengdeuane Lachan­thaboune dur­ing the Ris­ing To­gether Ba­ton Run in Vientiane yes­ter­day.

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