Kim Young-Soo, president of 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee speaks during a opening ceremony of the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games on June 29, 2013 in Incheon, South Korea.Games News
Date : 29 Jun 2013
Incheon, Korea: The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Chung Hong Won, declared the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games open at the Samsan World Gymnasium on Saturday night. After a short cultural performance, a parade of athletes from the 44 National Olympic Committees and the official speeches, the Prime Minister invited all-comers to attend this celebration of Asian youth and sport over the next eight days through to the closing ceremony on July 6.
The AIMAG will feature nine sports and 100 events and combine the previous Indoor Games and Martial Arts Games into one multi-sport event for the first time. Over 1,700 athletes are taking part.
The OCA President, HE Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, said the athletes were creating a new chapter in Asian sports history by competing in the Indoor and Martial Arts Games, and urged the spectators to follow the less familiar sports on the programme such as Muay, Dance Sport, Indoor Kabaddi, Kurash and Electronic Sports.
The torch, which had been lit at the start of the day to begin the relay, entered the stadium after the Prime Minister's declaration. Popular athlete Cha Yu Ram, nicknamed the Billiards Beauty, had the honour of lighting the cauldron.
With the athletes in the arena, the ceremony came to a close with a sample of all-girl K-Pop, setting the tone for the coming days.
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