Asian Games torch relay launched in Beijing
The Guangzhou Asian Games torch relay was launched in Beijing with President Hu Jintao kicking off a nationwide trek that ends in Guangzhou for the start the event. Hu handed off the game torch to Zhang Lin a silver medalist of the Beijing Olympic games during a ceremony outside the Temple of Heaven.
Lin is the first of 2,010 torchbearers, the relay is an important part of the Asian games since it help build up the spirit and the message of peace and friendship in Asia and to other parts of the world. 12,000 athletes form 45 countries will be competing for 476 sport titles on November 12 to 27 in Guangzhou , a city which sits in the Pearl River Delta.
The 2010 Asian games organizers hopes that this sporting event will help the booming metropolis in joining the ranks to the world elite cities. The torch relay will be covering Beijing, Harbin, and 21 other cities in Guangdong before reaching the opening ceremony in Guangzhou.