The 19th Asian Games Torch Relay, inaugurated at the Yongjin Park Square near the iconic West Lake in Hangzhou on Friday, 8th September 2023, embarked on an exhalating journey through 11 cities in the Zhejiang province. These cities, including Huzhou, Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Zhoushan, Taizhou, Wenzhou, Lishui, Jinhua and Quzhou, witnessed the symbolic journey of the Torch Relay before it returned to Hangzhou for the final leg on Wednesday, 20th September 2023.
The design of the Torch for these 19th Asian Games draws its inspiration from the venerable Liangzhu Culture, an ancient civilization with a history spanning over 5,000 years. This choice of design serves as a heartfelt tribute to the enduring legacy of Chinese culture, symbolizing its timeless passage from one generation to the next.
What makes the final leg of the 19th Asian Games Torch Relay truly remarkable is the full participation of the OCA Family as well as the 45 Member NOCs of the OCA.
Dato’ Chong Kim Fatt, the Chef de Misson of the Malaysian Contingent, who is also the Vice President of NOC Malaysia, President of the Wushu Federation of Malaysia (WFM), President of the Wushu Federation of ASEAN-China (WFAC), Executive Board Member of the Wushu Federation of Asia (WFA) as well as the International Wushu Federation (IWUF), was nominated by NOC Malaysia as a torchbearer, standing tall as a reprehensive of the Malaysian Contingent.
On the momentous day of Wednesday, 20th September 2023, the final leg of the 19th Asian Games Torch Relay unfolded at the magnificent Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre. Dato’ Chong Kim Fatt, bearing torchbearer number 175, carried the Torch with immense pride, covering a short distance of 100m before passing the flame to Mr. Wang Haifeng, torchbearer number 176, a renowned figure in Hangzhou.
“I am deeply humbled to have been nominated as one of the 2,022 torchbearers for the 19th Asian Games Torch Relay” expressed Dato’ Chong Kim Fatt with a sense of gratitude.
“I hope that the flame I carried will ignite the fighting spirit of all the athletes within the Malaysian Contingent” he added.