Asian Games torch reaches Bromo

Probolinggo, E Java, (ANTARA News) – The 18th Asian Games Torch arrived at Mount Bromo, one of the top tourism spots in East Java, on Saturday morning after being carried from Malang.

The torch was first carried by Sedyantoro, representing the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, before being handed over to artist Irfan Hakim, who was waiting on a horse.

After riding the horse with the torch for some time, Hakim then handed over the torch to 1991 Southeast Asian Games marathon gold medalist Maria Lawalata, and she later gave it to Spain 1992 Olympic Games badminton gold medalist Susy Susanti, as the last bearer, who then with it lit a bigger torch placed in front of the Luhur Poten Temple in Probolonggo.

The bigger torch will be placed at the location to bring spirit to the people living around Mount Bromo.

Susanti said it was an honor for her to be part of the torch relay event, admitting that it was her first visit to Bromo.

“The view is very beautiful. It was a great experience,” she remarked.

The torch will be taken around the city of Probolinggo and later to other regions before it finally reaches Jakartas Gelora Bung Karno main stadium for the opening of Asias biggest sporting event on Aug 18.

The torch of the 18th Asian Games arrived in Yogyakarta on Tuesday from India aboard a Boeing 737-500 aircraft of the Indonesian Air Force.

The Asian Games torch relay began on July 15 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, the host of the first Asian Games. The flame was generated from a parabolic mirror directed straight at the sun.

The relay in Indonesia will end on Aug 17, the countrys Independence Day, at the National Monument, Jakarta, before being carried into the opening ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on the following day.

In total, the torch will be taken across 18 provinces and 64 cities in Indonesia.

Source: ANTARA News