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Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Asian javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra will be India's flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018. Catch Asian Games 2018 live updates.

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Indian contingent led by Neeraj Chopra at Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony
Indian contingent led by Neeraj Chopra at Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony. Photo: Reuters

The Asian games 2018  begin with a spectacular opening ceremony today at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) main stadium in Jakarta. For the first time in the history of the Asian Games, also known as Asiad Games, the sporting event will be hosted by two cities — Jakarta and Palembang. The pan-Asian multi-sport tournament returns to Indonesia after a gap of fifty-six year, having been held last in Jakarta in 1962. The opening ceremony is scheduled to feature renowned Indonesian singers such as Anggun, Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen. The stage of opening ceremony — which measures 120 metres in length, 30 metres in width and 26 metres in height — will showcase a towering mountain in the background, accompanied by plants and flowers unique to the host nation.

Artists line up for opening ceremony 

Asian javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra lead Indian contingent in the opening ceremony of the Chopra, 20, is one of India's brightest prospects to win a gold medal at the Asiad as he delivered a season-best effort of 86.47 meters in men's javelin throw at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG). A total of 572 athletes will be participating in the event in 36 different sports categories. The contingent will be led by Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. In the 2014 Asiad in Incheon, India finished eighth, with 57 medals. This time, the Indian contingent, which has several youngsters, will look to break jinx of not winning 15 gold medals in Asiad. Historically, India has never won more than 15 gold medals in even one of the 17 editions of the competition so far. India’s best – 15 golds – came in the first edition 67 years back when it ushered in the Games by hosting them in Delhi at the National Stadium. Since then, Indians have struggled to come near that mark, the exceptions being the 2010 Guangzhou Games where the country won 14 gold medals and the 1982 Games at home, where it won 13 gold.

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Here's Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights Thank you for watching the #OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018! Did you enjoy the show? See you at the games! #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/lzlaZ0OVv6 — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

The opening ceremony comes to a close.

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Susi Susanti lights the cauldron Susi Susanti lights the cauldron, and with this the torch completes its journey! The torch that has been brought from India and across Indonesia, has finally been placed in the cauldron! What a spectacular welcome! #OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018 #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/aPcXNEd7fj — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

PM Narendra Modi extends greeting to India contingent Best wishes to the Indian contingent for the @asiangames2018, which are being held in Indonesia. We are extremely proud of our athletes and I am sure they will give their best through the games. #AsianGames2018 — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Asian Games 2018 officialy get underway as cauldron lights up Six of Indonesia's former medal-winning athletes carried the torch all the way up the imposing mountainous structure of the stage, right up to the very top, where it was used to light a huge fire in a basin fashioned in the style of a volcanic crater.

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Lighting of the cauldron shortly Stay tuned for the lighting of the cauldron at the#OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018! Watch the broadcast on national tv channels and https://t.co/qVN2hgr1b3! #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/hhC4y483WD — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

The ethereal voice of Putri Ayu creates an audible hush amongst the crowd. Goosebumps all over!#OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018 #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/Rwxb1m2Tm5 — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Stay tuned for the lighting of the cauldron at the#OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018! Watch the broadcast on national tv channels and https://t.co/qVN2hgr1b3! #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/hhC4y483WD — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Raisa is now singing! #OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018 #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

The ceremony show begins after the Protocol segment got over.

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Indonesia's Olympic medalists are carrying the Olympic Council of Asia flag to be hoisted by Indonesia's Flag Hoisting Troop.#OpeningCeremonyAsianGames2018 #OpeningAG2018 #AsianGames2018 — Asian Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018

First Published: Sat, August 18 2018. 13:20 IST

Asian Games 2018 opening ceremony highlights: Neeraj leads India contingent

Asian javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra will be India's flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the Asian Games 2018. Catch Asian Games 2018 live updates.

The Asian games 2018  begin with a spectacular opening ceremony today at Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) main stadium in Jakarta. For the first time in the history of the Asian Games, also known as Asiad Games, the sporting event will be hosted by two cities — Jakarta and Palembang. The pan-Asian multi-sport tournament returns to Indonesia after a gap of fifty-six year, having been held last in Jakarta in 1962. The opening ceremony is scheduled to feature renowned Indonesian singers such as Anggun, Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen. The stage of opening ceremony — which measures 120 metres in length, 30 metres in width and 26 metres in height — will showcase a towering mountain in the background, accompanied by plants and flowers unique to the host nation.

Artists line up for opening ceremony 

Asian javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra lead Indian contingent in the opening ceremony of the Chopra, 20, is one of India's brightest prospects to win a gold medal at the Asiad as he delivered a season-best effort of 86.47 meters in men's javelin throw at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG). A total of 572 athletes will be participating in the event in 36 different sports categories. The contingent will be led by Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. In the 2014 Asiad in Incheon, India finished eighth, with 57 medals. This time, the Indian contingent, which has several youngsters, will look to break jinx of not winning 15 gold medals in Asiad. Historically, India has never won more than 15 gold medals in even one of the 17 editions of the competition so far. India’s best – 15 golds – came in the first edition 67 years back when it ushered in the Games by hosting them in Delhi at the National Stadium. Since then, Indians have struggled to come near that mark, the exceptions being the 2010 Guangzhou Games where the country won 14 gold medals and the 1982 Games at home, where it won 13 gold.

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