MALAYSIA recently turned over the Southeast Asian Games flame to the Philippines in a ceremony held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
Olympic Council of Malaysia president Norza Zakaria presented the flame in a ceremonial lighting of the lantern to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), which was represented by women in sports committee chairman Cynthia Carrion.
Athletes commission president Nikko Huelgas, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) chief operating officer Ramon Suzara, commissioner Celia Kiram of the Philippine Sports Commission and Malaysia sports minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman witnessed the event.
Also at the ceremony was Rimau and Pami, the official mascots of the 2017 and 2019 SEA Games, respectively.
“As we receive the flame from Malaysia, we also receive the responsibilities that comes with hosting the flame in our country,” said Kiram.
The flame will be brought to different parts of the Philippines, as torch run events will held in Davao, Cebu and Clark.
“This flame symbolizes the spirit of the SEA Games and this handover signifies an exchange of ideas, goodwill and genuine friendship,” said Suzara.