Asean Para Games: Threat of rain fails to dampen mood as torch is lit

Deshann Cayden Ooi (third from left) holds a flame from the safety lantern during the start of the 8th Asean Para Games Torch Parade on Dec 3, 2015.
Deshann Cayden Ooi (third from left) holds a flame from the safety lantern during the start of the 8th Asean Para Games Torch Parade on Dec 3, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
ST VIDEO: VANESSA KANG

SINGAPORE - Not even an overcast sky could douse the spirit of the Asean Para Games (APG) as the torch relay ceremony went on as planned despite the threat of rain on Thursday evening.

The torch relay ceremony started at Marina Bay Sands and the flame, accompanied by loudly cheering supporters, made its way via a 5.5km route along Gardens by the Bay and eventually landed at the Sports Hub Water Sports Centre in Kallang where the cauldron was lit.

The relay comprised of 16 torch bearers and 14 stop-over points and even included the Games' youngest volunteer.

At eight, Deshann Cayden Ooi, from Rosyth School, was given the privilege of lighting the torch. He also carried it with his entire family, including his two brothers.

His mother, Lim Swee Hoon, a self-employed 39-year old added: "It's a real privilege to be able to do this and it is such a significant moment especially for Deshann at eight years old."

Other torch bearers included 19-year-old volunteer Foo Xu Hui who giggled as she said: "I feel a bit relieved now that it is over because the torch is a bit heavy.

"But at the same time, I am really thankful for this opportunity as it is a rare opportunity and I just want to enjoy it."

The Games' opening ceremony will take place later on Thursday evening and will mark the official opening of the seven-day Games, which will feature about 2,000 athletes and officials from 11 countries.

The biennial event ends on Dec 9.

vankang@sph.com.sg