'Cloud of Promise' torch for Beijing 2008 Olympics

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Mumbai, Dec 19 (UNI) The Lenovo-designed torch, 'Cloud of Promise', for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, was today unveiled here amid fanfare by ace long jumper Anju Bobby George and Leander Paes.

Speaking at the function after the unveiling, Lenovo India vice president (Marketing) Rahul Agarwal said the torchbearers in the Olympic Torch Relay will carry the torch from city to city around the world until it arrives at its final destination in Beijing on August 8, 2008, to mark the start of the Olympic Games.

He informed that the design made by Lenovo was selected over 300 competitors, affirming that the same skill Lenovo employs to develop its award-winning computer designs can be applied successfully to other types of products as well.

Lenovo's design follows the tradition wherein the torch represents the universal spirit of the Olympic Games, while drawing on traditional Chinese symbols and concepts as China is the host for these Olympics.

''The unveiling of the Torch also marks the start of Lenovo's India Olympic campaign. The campaign, which will continue till the end of Beijing Olympic Games next year, will comprise sports and philanthropic activities revolving around the Olympic theme. In the following eight months, Lenovo will organize a host of activities to mark the countdown to the Olympic Games in August 2008,'' said Mr Agarwal.

Speaking about the creation of the design, he said inspired by the shape of a traditional Chinese scroll and fashioned with materials selected to emulate the unique sensation of one hand holding another, the torch that will carry the flame around the world and throughout China for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The torch, fashioned from a polished aluminum-magnesium alloy, measures 720 millimeters x 50 mm x 40 mm ( 28.35 inches x 1.97 in x 1.56 in) and is exceptionally lightweight at about 1,000 grams (2.21 pounds). It is designed to remain lit for at least 25 minutes, with the flame remaining around 25 cm (9.85 in) high with no wind speed, he added.

UNI

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