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Jakarta Post

Eternal flame torch begins journey from Mrapen

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 24 2011   /  08:00 am

The Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) torch relay set out on Sunday.

In spite of certain preparations that remain incomplete less than 20 days before the Nov. 11, 2011 commencement, the Indonesian SEA Games Organizing Committee expressed optimism that everything would run as planned.

The Games’ torch was lit by the “eternal flame” source at Mrapen, Manggarmas Village, Godong, Grobogan in Central Java on Sunday. The Mrapen flame is fueled by natural gas discovered centuries ago and has been the source of fire for the torches of the 1963 Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO), the 1981 National Games (PON), as well as more recent sporting events such as the 2008 Asian Beach Games (ABG) in Bali and the 2010 ABG in Muscat, Oman.

Mrapen caretaker Muryo Prasetyo lit the torch and handed it to Central Java Governor Bibit Waluyo, Minister of Sports and Youth Affai...