(Sports) Torch set on fire for opening ceremony of SEA Games in Myanmar

(Sports) Torch set on fire for opening ceremony of SEA Games in Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A torch has been set on fire at Yangon's Thuwunna Indoor Stadium and is on the way to Nay Pyi Taw, 320 km north of Yangon, for the official opening of the 27th Southeast Asia Games scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. (local time) in the capital's 30,000-seat Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Wednesday.

Legendary SEA Games medalists from decades ago to the present day will carry the torch in relays from Yangon to Nay Pyi Taw by motor vehicles.

The ceremony will be performed by over 9,000 people for three hours and it is done with help of Chinese experts, especially in technical support.

Fixed to the east of Wunna Theikdi Stadium are five big LED boards and the projector matting will effect beautiful springs and flower beds on the pitch and on the whole stadium.

Artists from the Art University and middle-and-high-school girls all over Myanmar will do count-down with Myanmar traditional dances while the pillars of Pagan dynasty that will appear on the pitch will make up a classical taste.

"We will see the grandeur that we have never seen in Myanmar," said Zinyaw Maung Maung, the academy-winning director who is the organizer of the projecting.

Instead of using customary power supply, the generators will be used to provide electricity for the ceremony in case of power shortage that tends to happen in Myanmar.

Myanmar SEA Games see competition in 33 sports in which over 9, 000 athletes from 11 Southeast Asian countries participate.

The games are held from Dec. 4 to Dec. 22 in four different places, namely Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung beach and are awarding 460 gold, 460 silver, and 637 bronze medals to the winners.

It has been 44 years since Myanmar hosted its last, the fifth SEA Games in 1969, which saw the host country top the total medal tally with 57 gold medals.