ASIAN Games 2018 opens in Indonesia
The Asian Games (ASIAD) 2018 was declared open by Indonesian President Joko Widodo late on Saturday during a colourful opening ceremony in Jakarta.
With the theme Energy of Asia, the organizers of ASIAD 2018 highlighted the strength of solidarity, sporting spirit, cultural diversity, heritage and inheritance of quintessence from all countries and territories participating in the continent's biggest sport event. The opening ceremony lasted for around three hours with the participation of 4,000 dancers, 20 singers and hundreds of musicians of Indonesia as well as celebrities from around the world. About 1,500 dancers in traditional dress then performed a tightly choreographed routine before Afghanistan led the athletes' parade into the stadium.
Vietnam's sports delegation to the ASIAD consists of 532 members, including 352 athletes. It aims to snatch at least three gold medals, with at least one in an Olympic sports category.