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Torch Relay for Asiad trimmed to save money

Updated:2017-03-04 14:30:30 Source: China Daily

Guangzhou - In a bid to reduce operational costs, the 16th Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) said the Torch Relay will only be held within Guangdong Province.

An etiquette volunteers presents "The Tide". The Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) officially unveils "The Tide" as the Torch for the 16th Asian Games on March 3.(Gallery)

The Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) officially unveils "The Tide" as the Torch for the 16th Asian Games on March 3. The Torch Relay will be held in 21 cities in Guangdong Province. (Gallery)

The Torch Relay, an important lead-up to the Games, will travel to 21 cities within the Province from October, Gu Shiyang, Peputy Secretary General of GAGOC, said on March 3.

The Games will be held in Guangzhou, the provincial capital city, from Nov. 12 - 27.

Organisers also revealed the final design of the Torch. It has been named "the Tide" and was selected from dozens of candidates by more than 70 percent of about 126,000 netizen voters on the Games' Official Website.

"We are keeping to a principle of holding the Games with less expenditure. As a result, the Torch will not travel across Asia and other parts of the nation," Gu said.

Organisers have already staged a one-year promotion, "Road of Asia", which traversed land and sea routes across 37 Asian countries and regions and began in Nov. 2008.

Additionally, another promotional event, Asian Games China Tour, was also held in major Chinese cities last year.

"Previous promotional events have concluded with sound results in Asia and within the country. So we don't think it is necessary to hold another promotional event, like the Torch Relay," Gu said.

(Qiu Quanlin)

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