Asian Games 2018 Opening ceremony HIGHLIGHTS: Indonesian President Joko Widodo declares Asian Games 2018 Open. Indian Contingents looks totally confident while marching in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. A trial by fire for the youngsters and a battle to stay relevant for some ageing superstars but above all, the 18th Asian Games will be a reality check for India's athletes after the Commonwealth Games high. The build-up has been signature chaos with complaints and even court cases about selection matters, usual controversies over the size of the contingent which came to 804 -- athletes and officials combined, and not to forget, the credentials of the travelling officials.
When is the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony?
The Asian Games Opening Ceremony will commence from August 18 (Saturday).
Where will the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony be held?
The Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony will be held at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta.
What time will the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony begin?
The Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony will begin at 5.30 PM IST. 7.00 PM Local Time in Jakarta.
Where can you watch the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony on TV?
You can watch the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony live TV Telecast on Sony Ten 2, Sony Ten 3.
Where can you watch the Asian Games Opening Ceremony Live Streaming Online?
You can watch the Asian Games 2018 Opening Ceremony live streaming online on SonyLIV App.
ASIAN GAMES 2018 OPENING CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS:
19.58 IST: Susi Susanti lights the cauldron, and with this the torch completes its journey! The torch that has been brought from India and across Indonesia, has finally been placed in the cauldron.
19.55 IST: Fire dance builds the mood to welcome the torch!
19.45 IST: Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his best wishes to the Indian contingent for the 18th Asian Games.
19.32 IST: Indonesian soprano Putri Ayu creates an audible hush amongst the crowd.
19.25 IST: Jazz pianist Joey Alexander mesmerizes the crowd! Everybody is in awe!
19.22 IST: The spectators are witnessing a celebration of cultures of Indonesia, diversity, and mother earth at the opening ceremony.
19.15 IST: The vibrant cultural performances begin after the conclusion of the protocol segment.
19:00 IST: Locals of Indonesia are performing a historical play
18:59 IST: The oath of fair play has been taken
18:52 IST: The President of Indonesia declares the Asian Games 2018 Open
18:46 IST Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah the President of Olympics Council of Asia takes the center stage
18:36 IST: Crowd is all set for the national anthem of Indonesia.
18:33 IST: A special flag raising ceremony starts.
18:30 IST: And the show begins.
18:27 IST: The lucky Mascots are marching in the stadium with the Indonesian Contingents.
18:22 IST: And the host are here and stadium turns completely into red and white.
18:21 IST: UAE enter with least no. of athletes
18:18 IST: Indian Contingent looks all set to showcase their hard work at Asian Games.
18:11 IST: Palestine get the biggest cheer of the night.
17:58 IST: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi gives his best wishes to India contingent on Twitter.
17:51 IST: Neeraj leads the way for India at the opening ceremony.
17.45 IST: A beautiful view from the top of Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta
17:43 IST: Some local dancers perform the cultural dance of Indonesia graciously.
17:42 IST: The President of Indonesia takes the center stage and wave hand towards the audience.
17:34 IST: The Indian Women Boxers all set to make their debut at Asian Games.
17:30 IST: Fans have turned out in large numbers.
17:25 IST The Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta is SOLD OUT! The fans have truly come out in numbers from all around Asia to support their respective nations.