40 sports and 482 competitions. 12,500 athletes from 45 Asian countries. This is the largest figure in the history of the Asian Games. And before that, the 18th Asian Games, hosted by Indonesia, were in the lead. 11,300 athletes competed for the victory at the Games.
The 19th Asian Games officially started today at the stadium of the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center named “Big Lotus”.
The opening ceremony, which began at 20:00 local time, lasted about two hours. The parade of athletes began at 20:08.
Initially, a delegation from Afghanistan was invited. China, on the other hand, was the last team to enter the stadium after Yemen as host.
The opening ceremony was attended by President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, Acting President of the Olympic Council of Asia Raja Randhir Singh, as well as many other high-ranking guests.
Chinese folk culture, history, development processes, and modern technologies. Colorful design and the atmosphere of a real sports festival. This makes up the integral composition of the script of the artistic part of the opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony, which in its own way showed how great the value of sports for humanity is, amazed everyone.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping congratulated all participants on this sports holiday. He announced the long-awaited 19th Asian Games officially open.
Speaking at the brilliant opening combined with tradition and technology, Raja Randhir Singh said: “On behalf of OCA, we are proud and glad to be here. I tell the organizing committee that your hard work will pay off, and you will be rewarded with the best Asian Games in history,” Singh said.
The organizers reported that after the athletes entered the stadium through one of the two designated gates, they moved directly to the podium, where 5,000 seats were reserved.
In addition, the athletes were allowed to leave the stadium and return to the Athletic Village from 21:00. Because some of them can participate in competitions the next day.
China is hosting the 3rd Asian Summer Games in its history.
The 11th Asian Games of 1990 were held in Beijing, and the 16th Asian Summer Games of 2010 were held in Guangzhou.
Recall that the city of Hangzhou is officially included in the program of the 19th Asian Games, which it hosts.
Kurash competitions will begin on September 30 at Xiaoshan Lingpu Gymnasium and will end on October 2.

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