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OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah, Kim Young-Soo, 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee and South Korean prime minister Chung Hong-Won attend the opening ceremony at Incheon Samsan World Gymansium on day one of the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games Incheon 2013.
A fantastic collision of old and new


29 Jun 2013
Incheon, Korea: Today is Saturday, June 29, my third day in Korea and also the opening ceremony of the 4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games in Incheon. The opening performance was a dancing show, and it mixed modern and ancient - two opposite elements - together. It was a fantastic crash. Next came a combination of Korean traditional instruments and elders dancing with children to welcome the VVIP guests, including the President of OCA, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, and the President of IAGOC, Kim Young Soo.

After that, it was a dancing show, mixing pop dance and martial arts together. I thought the most interesting part of this was when the performers used their body, their actions, to show us each different sport on the programme of the Games. Next, Korean popular singer Shin Dalja sang the song of Incheon with an orchestral backing.

The Mayor of Incheon, Song Young Gil, presented flowers to the performers to say thank you for all the work they have done for the city. It shows us Koreans are united. Then there is a dancing performance full of energy, youth and vitality. They used their bodies to showing us bowling. That is very dangerous and difficult. But they finished it perfectly and won the applause of the audience. They are using their life to dance.

Next is the most impressive part: the Flag Raising Ceremony. When the music started, all the Koreans in the gymnasium opened their mouth and sang the song loudly. They are proud of their country, they are proud they are Korean, and they are proud they are a part of this country.

After that came the welcome ceremony for the teams. And our team - Macau - is the fourth team to come out in the parade. When they were waving our flag I couldn't stay calm! I stood up and waved my hands. Even though it may be embarrassing to fellow spectators sitting nearby, it showed my love and support to Macau.

The OCA President's speech told us that Asians are one and that we should all support each other. Next came the more solemn oath-taking ceremony, when representatives of the athletes and judges swear to play fair, without bias, and to show true sportsmanship. Finally, the lighting of the flame.

The whole audience was excited when the athlete ran into the gym with the torch and remained in this mood right until the billiards player, Cha Yu Ram, lit the cauldron. The 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games had begun!

By Annie Lai On Nei
OCA Young Reporter, Macau, China
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