BESUT: Scuba divers got into action during the ‘2017 KL Sea Games Torch Run’ as they carried the ‘flame’ from the mainland to Pulau Perhentian.
The divers, accompanied by Terengganu Youth, Sports and Human Resources committee chairman Datuk Rozi Mamat, ferried the torch in a special capsule to the island and returned to the mainland for it to continue its journey on land.
The torch run, held in conjunction with the 29th Kuala Lumpur Sea Games and the 9th Asean Para Games, reached Terengganu earlier to a festive welcome accompanied by a horse-drawn carriage.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman received the torch from Pasir Puteh Umno division chief and Semerak assemblyman Datuk Wan Zawawi Othman at the Kelantan-Terengganu border as it made its way to Kuala Besut’s Panchakan village, Pasir Puteh at about 2.45pm.
Razif ran with the torch for 50 metres before climbing on a horse-drawn carriage and was greeted by 2,000 people at the Kuala Besut Muara Square.
"The Terengganu-leg will see all eight districts involved with the final destination Kemaman on July 24.
"A total of 71 Terengganu athletes representing the country are taking part in the torch run,” said Razif.
The menteri besar added the Sea Games was a good platform to foster greater solidarity and undivided love for the country.
"We have to be grateful for what we've achieved, what we have done is already quite fine.
“Hopefully, the Malaysian team will be able to collect as many gold medal as possible and become champions of the Games," he said, adding special incentives were in store for Terengganu’s athletes who won Sea Games medals.
Terengganu will host the Games’ equestrian endurance race at the Terengganu International Endurance Park in Bidong Valley, Setiu.
The national team for this event will include the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
Tomorrow, the torch run will begin from the Bandar Permaisuri bus terminal and end at the Kolej Teknoloji Bestari in Setiu.
On Wednesday, the run will begin from Petronas Batu 23 to Dataran Kuala Berang in Hulu Terengganu; the following day from Dataran Austin to the Sultan Mahmud Airport in Kuala Nerus, and then to Istana Maziah and Dataran Batu Burok in Kuala Terengganu.
On Friday, it will run from Dataran Bandar Marang to Pantai Peranginan Kelulut in Marang, and on Saturday from Dataran Arena Merdeka to Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin in Dungun.
Sunday will be the last stage in Terengganu where the run will begin from the Petronas East Coast region office in Kerteh to Dataran Kampung Baru Kanan in Kemasik, Padang Astaka Chukai and finally to the state boundary with Pahang in Kemaman.