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Five from Singapore to be Beijing Olympic torch

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Five from Singapore to be Beijing Olympic torch-bearers

Five people from Singapore will be making Olympic history in China next year and they are not even athletes competing in the Beijing Games.

They are among 7,000 people worldwide who will literally help keep the Olympic spirit burning by taking part in the torch relay.

One of the lucky five torch-bearers from Singapore is Patwant Singh, a Channel NewsAsia sports reporter.

He said: "It's a rare honour and privilege, but more than that, I think it shows that you do not have to be a competitive athlete to be part of the Olympic movement. And besides that, also being part of this historic moment, I'm not representing myself as an individual, but also my organisation and to some extent my country."

Patwant was among those selected by Samsung, which has been sponsoring the Olympic torch relay for years.

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