Asian Games Indonesia celebrates heritage, traffic and world peace at energetic Asiad opening ceremony

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Jakarta: A presidential dig at their traffic woes, a colourful display of their cultural heritage and a message for world peace—Indonesia mixed it up all for a vibrant and slick opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games here on Saturday.Indonesian President Joko Widodo was shown taking a motorcycle to the stadium after his convoy was stuck in one of Jakarta’s infamous traffic jams.The footage, played out on the stadium’s giant screen, had Widodo grabbing hold of a motorbike to whiz past the stranded vehicles and take the narrow lanes to make the stadium in time.Also Read | Kuwait welcomed back to Asian Games with OCA warningA helmet-clad biker, presented to be the President, eventually appeared at the stadium before Widodo revealed himself at the dignitaries stands amid loud cheers from the crowd.Raising the emotional quotient was the unified Korean delegation, repeating the touching images from the Winter Olympics, to once again deliver the message of world peace amid the recent diplomatic breakthroughs.The two Koreas will field a united team in three events—lightweight rowing, dragon boat racing and women’s 5×5 basketball. The flag was a unity banner, a light blue representation of the Korean peninsula on a white background. It was first seen at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also at the Asian Games staged in the South Korean city of Busan in 2002 and in Doha in 2006.“We are all here to celebrate diversity, we are all here to celebrate differences, we are all here to celebrate humanity,” Organising Committee President Erick Thohir said in his speech.Young Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the flag bearer, led the Indian contingent with players arriving in blue suits, smiling and with small flags in their hands, waving to the crowd.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Kabaddi event complete schedule, timings and detailsMuch to the relief of Kuwait athletes, they were allowed to participate in the athletes’ parade under their own flag after International Olympic Committee lifted their suspension, just 48 hours ago. The government interference had forced IOC to suspend their NOC.The loudest cheers, however, were reserved for the host nation, who arrived last, led by swimmer Gede Siman Sudartawa and basketball player Arki Wisnu.Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah then addressed the packed stadium and was delighted that his own country Kuwait participated under country’s flag. He also appreciated the harmony between the two Korean nations.Widodo then declared the Games Open.In Palembang, which will host shooting and tennis disciplines among others, the athletes watched the opening ceremony on a giant screen, installed at the main football arena.A team of visual artists from Jakarta and Bandung, West Java transformed the stadium’s front area into a huge stage, designed to look like a lush mountain surrounded by the country’s unique plants and flowers.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Young ‘guns’ of India hungry for medalsThe ceremony opened with the traditional ‘Saman’ dance, which has been listed by UNESCO in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The dance has its origins in the Gayo ethnic community of the Aceh province.Performed by over 2200 school children, it welcomed the athletes from the region for a sporting extravaganza which is considered second to only Olympics in participation even though the countries involved stand at 45.The athletes involved in the two-week long show will be over 11,000.The musical extravaganza’s highlight tonight was Indonesian singer Anggun Cipta Sasmi, whose popularity graph has been on the rise in the country.Along with Anggun, renowned local musicians Raisa, Tulus, Edo Kondologit, Putri Ayu, Fatin, GAC, Kamasean and Via Vallen also enthralled the jam-packed stadium with their performances on a spectacular stage.Legendary Indonesian athletes, who have been carrying the torch across the country, brought it to its final destination during the ceremony which is believed to have cost the organisers USD 55 million.The relay had begun on July 15 at Major Dhyanchand National Stadium in New Delhi and came to the Indonesian capital after being carried in 53 cities across the country in the past month.Also Read | Asian Games 2018: Day-wise schedule, time-table for AsiadsFormer shuttler Susi Susanti, who won the women’s singles gold for Indonesia at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, lit the cauldron which marked the opening of the Games amid the trademark fireworks.Red was the dominant colour of the ceremony where Indonesia showcased its origins in a spectacular song and dance show which never lacked in energy. last_img read more

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Quarterfinals pairs of BiH Handball Cup

first_imgDraw for the quarterfinals pairs of BiH Handball Cup has been held in Doboj today.Current winner of BiH Cup, handball club ‘Goražde’ will play against handball club ‘Sloga’ from Doboj.‘Borac’ from Banja Luka will play against ‘Konjuh’, while ‘Bosna BH Telecom’ will play against handball club ‘Izviđač’, and handball club ‘Čapljina’ will play against handball club ‘Krivaja’.Pairs of the quarterfinals:Borac – KonjuhBosna – IzviđačSloga – GoraždeČapljina – Krivajalast_img

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Spurs’ DeRozan unhappy with NBA bubble rules

first_imgThe league included a 113-page health and safety handbook as part of its restart plan later this month in Orlando. It covers a wide array of topics such as social distancing outside of games and practices to prohibiting doubles in ping-pong.MORE: Damian Lillard doubts players will follow bubble rules”The ping-pong, this is ridiculous, to be honest,” Spurs guard DeRozan said on Thursday. “Guys can’t do this, but we can do this and battle over each other? That part just don’t make no sense to me.”I got through 10 lines of the handbook and just put it down because it became so frustrating and overwhelming at times, because you just never thought you’d be in a situation of something like this. So it’s hard to process.”Ready to make the most of it. Our guys are back in the gym starting today #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/yYEBBetQit— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) July 2, 2020Another area of concern for DeRozan specifically is the mental well-being of the players.DeRozan has been a vocal advocate for players’ mental health and the isolated nature of the bubble could be a challenge for players from a mental standpoint.”It’s tough. You’re taking guys that have been with their families every single day for the last few months and all of a sudden, separating everybody into this one confined space and taking away a lot of the joyful things we do outside of basketball that we won’t be able to do,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’ll be something for every single player when it comes to mental health.”DeRozan is not the first player to voice his feelings over the NBA’s restart plan.MORE: Key dates, schedule and everything to know about the NBA’s restart San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan expressed his displeasure with the rules the NBA has put in place for the resumption of the season following the coronavirus-enforced break.The NBA is set to resume via a 22-team format at Orlando’s Disney World complex on July 30 after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis in March. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard jokingly said on Wednesday that some players will break rules in the league’s handbook, despite warnings or restrictions.Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal said during a videoconference call that living in the bubble will be challenging for players used to having few rules on the road.San Antonio head to Orlando in 12th place in the Western Conference, four games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.last_img read more

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