The second biggest gaming tournament after the Olympics is the Asian Games. The Asian Games torch relay kicked off on Tuesday with the president of China Mr. Hu Jintao being the first to bear the torch. The 21 city country wide trek started in Beijing and will be closed in Guangzhou. The event is going to start on 12th of November. The torch would be carried from Beijing to Guangzhou touching 21 different cities all across the country. The 15 day gaming event involves 12,000 athletes from around 45 different countries. There are 475 different sports in which different athletes will be participating in. The cities in which the torch will be carried are Beijing, Heyuan, Meizhou City, Shantou, Shenzhen, Dong Guan, Changchuan, Zhongshan, Shanwei (co-host city) and many more. There are around 2,010 torch bearers which are expected to carry the torch in all the 21 cities.
The torch relay ceremony is to carry a torch across the country which is hosting the event so as to spread awareness that the games are going to begin. The design of the torch has become very essential in the contemporary games as there are lots of commercial elements which are involved in the present day’s game. Initially many designs were proposed but only two torch designs were shortlisted. The Exploit and The Tide were the two designs which were tied up for the final spot. Later the Tide was chosen out of the two designs by the organizers of the Games.
The specification of the Tide is very unique and is promised to be one of its kinds. It weighs around 98gms and is 70cms long. The light weight and the elegant look of the torch has compelled the organizers to choose it over the Exploit design.
Torch Relay is a very important ceremony of any gaming event. It has a very important message to pass on. It is an epitome of peace and friendship which very important to host a multi-cultured event. It also promotes to maintain sportsmanship and positive attitude.
The torch was lit on the world famous Great Wall of China. On the 9th of October, the torch relay started and its first run was done by the president himself. Its first milestone was the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is said that two more cities were added in the route of the torch which has take the count of torch bearers to 2,068. The two cities were added as a memory to them as the hosts of 2007 Asian Winter Games.
The organizers have announced very clearly that the torch relay will only be held in China alone and not in any other country of Asia. As the first torch bearer was the president Mr. Hu Jintao in Beijing, the second torch bearer was Zheng Gang in Shaoguan City. In the Meizhou City Chen Quiqi was the torch bearer. Wu Youbi took care of the torch in Heyuan City, Wu Maoshun held the torch in his wheelchair in Shantou, Huang Qiaoyan did the torch bearing in Shenzen and Mo Buxing took the torch out of Guangdong.
The torch relay which started in 12th October will continue for a month and will end on 12th November 2010.