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Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes continent for 18th Asiad with spectacular opening ceremony

JAKARTA – The biggest Asian Games in history opened on Saturday (Aug 18) night as Indonesia welcomed the continent’s top athletes to Jakarta and Palembang. At the capital’s Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, 40,000 spectators were entertained by an opening ceremony that featured cultural performances and pyrotechnics on a 120m-long stage, built manually by artists from Jakarta and Bandung, and in the shape of a towering mountain with a waterfall. The ceremony opened with a skit purportedly showing Indonesia President Joko Widodo doing stunts on a motorbike in Jakarta’s streets…

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Asian Games 

Asian Games 2018 begin with explosive opening ceremony in Jakarta

The Asian Games was declared open by Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo late on Saturday during a colourful opening ceremony in Jakarta dominated by the joint march of North and South Korea. A burst of fireworks followed the announcement, marking the start of the two-week tournament to be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Sumatra. The ceremony stage — with features of 120-metre length, 30-metre width and 26-metre height — showcased a towering mountain as its background, accompanied by plants and flowers unique to Indonesia. Commonwealth Games gold medallist Neeraj Chopra…

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