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.