Canadian PM gives Olympic Torch model to Akshay Kumar

Mumbai, Nov 16 ( Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday presented a model of the Olympic Torch to Bollywood star Akshay Kumar at a special function here.

Accepting the torch, Akshay – who will run with the Olympic Torch in Toronto Dec 17 – said that his heart is close to Canada, which he has visited several times.

“I am happy to be chosen as one of the 14 international bearers of the Olympic Torch,” Akshay said at the brief event held in Hotel Trident-Oberoi.

Akshay, who had donned the official uniform of the Olympic Torch relay, held up the torch model as scores of schoolchildren assembled there clapped and cheered.

Besides visiting the Chabad House and attending the Olympic Torch function, Harper also interacted with captains of Indian industry at a function in the hotel that was also one of the targets of the 26/11 attacks.