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Asian Games begins in China introducing Cricket for the first time

The 16th Asian Games began yesterday at Guangzhou in China. There were fireworks and the opening ceremony has out done even the Beijing Olympics. It was a very successful event last evening in China. An inspirational song was sung when the pyrotechnics light up the event, which were really colorful and synchronized.


Asian Games 2010 Grail was lit by a series of fireworks. There was innovation made with the best explosives, and then the grail is burning bright. Olympic table tennis Gold medalist Deng Ya Ping ran with the flame which was passed on to a famous Chinese yesteryear football player.


The audience rose to when the Council flag was unfurled and raised at the Asian Games. Instantly the Chinese Army Band played the official anthem of the Council. There was the entry of the flag of the Olympic Council of Asi



45 of the Asian countries will be participating in the Asian Games. There will be a total of 476 events in 42 sports. The event will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games. There are 53 competition venues and 17 training venues available for the Games. Four venues will be held outside the Guangdong province.


A total of 47 Gold medals will be at stake for Athletics and 44 for shooting, making it the two of the biggest contributors in the count. There will be a great contribution from the Aquatic events which will be in teams and individuals have to compete to win 52 gold medals.


Cricket will be introduced for the first time in the Asian Games; there will be two gold medals at stake for this event. Four other sports will be making their debut namely the dragon boat, weiqi, dancesport and roller sport. The closing ceremony will be on November 27, it is a fifteen day event which began with a record of 9,704 athletes will vie for 3,989 medals, off 476 events. Indian shooters have to charge early at the Games, with events like shooting which begins today.