Asian Games

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AF­TER the stu­pen­dous show put up by China for the 2008 Sum­mer Olympics, now all eyes will be on an­other mas­sive sport­ing event hosted by the world’s most pop­u­lous nation. The 16th Asian Games opens in Guangzhou, in the south­ern Guang­dong prov­ince, to­day. Home au­di­ences can look for­ward to a breath­tak­ing spec­ta­cle broad­cast live from the Guang­dong Olympic Sports Cen­tre at 8pm on Astro Chan­nels 801 (Arena) and 821 as well as on TV1.

This lat­est edi­tion of Asian Games boasts the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 45 coun­tries in 42 sports over 16 days of com­pe­ti­tion (Nov 12­27).

The open­ing cer­e­mony, sched­uled to kick off at pre­cisely 8.04pm on Haix­in­sha Is­land in the Pearl River, is helmed by Chen Weiya, who was also the as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies of the 2008 Olympics in Bei­jing.

South Korean singer­ac­tor Kim Hyun­joong, touted as the suc­ces­sor to Hal­lyu su­per­star Bae Yong­jun, will be among the per­form­ers at the event. Kim will sing the Games’ of­fi­cial theme song Sun­shine Again with four other China celebri­ties.

Some 7,000 per­form­ers will take part in the cur­tain­raiser. At 9pm, the team pa­rade be­gins. There will also be a mys­te­ri­ous light­ing cer­e­mony to be held at 9.42pm at sea and on land.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen, the cer­e­mony “will sur­prise the world”.

Apart from Astro Arena (801), Malaysians will be able to fol­low the progress of our home­grown tal­ent – at no ad­di­tional cost – on six Stan­dard Def­i­ni­tion chan­nels on Astro: 821­826 (for sub­scribers of the sports pack­age).

Daily live cov­er­age is from 8.30am to 11pm. There will also be two daily high­lights and analy­ses called Arena At Guangzhou 2010 air­ing at 8am and 11.30pm.

For the cov­er­age by free­to­air sta­tions, please check the daily TV guide.

Spec­tac­u­lar: The re­hearsal for the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. The Games be­gin to­day.

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