Torch Relay in Hong Kong
H O N G K O N G P O S T
opular stars and athletes such as Andy Lau, KellyChen and Hong Kong’s only Olympic gold medalist Lee
Lai Shan were picked to start the relay – a move manysaw as a tactic to ease potential unrest as many peoplewere unhappy when the rumor of Chief Executive, Donald
Tsang will run the rst spread. In contrast, many pro-
Beijing politicians and businessmen, who were more likelyto attract protesters, ran in areas that were less accessibleor closed off entirely to the public, such as the Tsing maBridge.
orch relay was planed to have 200 torchbearers, but
one of them was absent due to the ight delay, making it
into totally 119 involved. They proceeded without a hitchon foot, dragon boat, horseback and yacht. Windsurfer Lee
was rst to carry the torch, while Asiad champion, cyclistWong Kam Po, rounded it off at the Gold Bauhinia statue in
Wan Chai, which overlooks the famous Victoria Harbour.
At midday, the ame had also passed through the Shatin
racecourse, where the Olympic equestrian events will bestaged in August. The torch moves to nighbouring Macautoday before heading to Sanya, hainan province.
he torch was carried on foot, on horseback, by golf
cart, ferry and, for the rst time in history, on a dragon boat. That was also when it went out briey - a hiccup
on the Sha Tin leg promptly corrected by the ever-presentmainland torch attendants. While the blue-clad security
ofcers saw no action from protesters, Beijing’s invisible
hand was present throughout the relay - as attendantsrepeatedly reminded runners of the correct torch-handling positions.
lthough it was difcult to tell whether the cheers
were from fans of celebrity torch-bearers such as
singers Andy Lau Tak-wah and Kelly Chen Wai-lam
or from Olympics supporters, there was no mistakethat spectators became hysterical wherever the torchwent.
orchbearer Mr Sy Ethan Timothy for leg no.41
of the Torch Relay in Hong Kong cannot join the relaytoday (May 2) because of ight
delay. The torchbearer for legno.40, Ms Cheng Yuk-han, will
Olympic Flames Passedaround Hong Kong
HTism Sha TinTsing Ma BridgeTism Sha Tsui
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