Guangzhou, March 3 - The 16th Asian Games, part of the worldwide Olympic movement and governed by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is pleased to announce the Torch Relay and the Torch design for the 2010 Games this November.
The Torch Relay will conclude in Guangzhou with the lighting of the Asian Games Cauldron during the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, November 12.
The Torch Relay for the 16th Asian Games will remain within the confines of Guangdong Province and travel to each of the regions' 21 major cities, including Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Shanwei, Shantou, Jieyang, Chaozhou, Meizhou, Heyuan, Shaoguan, Qingyuan, Zhaoqing, Yunfu, Maoming, Zhanjiang, Yangjiang, Jiangmen, Foshan and Guangzhou.
Additionally, the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) announced the design of the Torch, entitled The Tide, which last September 2009 was one of two designs shortlisted for consideration.
The torch is an important symbol of the Asian Games as it embodies the vision and passion of the Games and the host city's image. Since launching the solicitation of torch design proposals, GAGOC engaged a number of expert teams experienced in design and development in the project.
After several rounds of selection, The Tide has been unveiled as the Games' torch.
The Tide, which weighs 98g and is 70cm long, is tall and straight in terms of shape while dynamic in terms of image. The upper part of the exterior of the torch is pierced with Guangzhou's delicate ivory carving techniques. The pierced part looks like rising and flowing flames; the solid part looks like flowing water symbolising spirits of the Lingnan culture such as inclusiveness and innovation. The exterior of the torch is in the distinctive reddish colour of the flower of bombax ceiba (kapok), the flower emblem of Guangzhou, embodying the power and passion of life. The overall style of The Tide is in line with the Emblem and Pictograms of the Games.
The Tide is easy to hold and when lit, the burning flame and the rising curves form a harmonious whole. The curves are sprayed with luminescent materials, making the Torch visible at all lighting ceremonies.