The 16th Asian Games opened in Guangzhou on Friday in a blaze of pyrotechnics as China staged the biggest sporting gala since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chinese Premierdeclared open the Games on Haixinsha Island to the thunderous explosion of a massive fireworks display with residential buildings and the 610-metre high Canton Tower as a backdrop. The ceremony was attended by President of Pakistan , Thai Prime Minister . and Chief Secretary for Administration of Hong Kong .
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah , President of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said at the Opening Ceremony. "Remember, you are part of history right here, right now,"
Nearly 30,000 spectators on Haixinsha Island saw the athletes and officials, ten of thousands of Guangzhou residents had welcomed the Games to their city as the 45 countries participating delegations sailed down the Pearl River from White Swan Bay.
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Film entertainment starand pianist performed in a water-themed arts show that marked Guangzhou's history as China's gateway to the ancient Silk Road. Some performers will perform at the ceremony, this including Korean singer Kim Hyun Joong who sing the anthem "Sunshine Again", and Mongolian band "Borte".
The Guangzhou Games is the largest ever Asian Games featuring 28 Olympic and 14 non-Olympic sports with 476 gold medals up for grabs. The Games will see the debuts of cricket, dance sports, dragon boat racing, roller sports andchess.
Guangdong Province built and renovated more than 70 stadiums. The air and water quality in Guangzhou has been improved, its transportation system updated and barrier-free facilities in place. Some 900,000 volunteers will go all out to ensure a comfortable and safe environment for the audience and athletes.
Once settled after the grand and majestic of 2010 Guangzhou Games, follows the start of action on Saturday. Seen early action are the scheduled Artistic Gymnastics mens qualification games, mens and womens badminton,football, baseball and basketball. Let the spirit of sportsmanship reign in the 2010 16th Asian Games.
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