The 18th edition of the Asian Games began in Indonesian capital Jakarta Saturday evening. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo declared open the games at a colourful opening ceremony.
Susi Susanti, Indonesia’s Gold Medallist shuttler from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, lit the 2018 Asian Games flame. Around 11,000 athletes from 45 countries will compete in 40 sports and 67 disciplines in the 16-days. Over 570 Indian athletes will be vying for top honours across 36 sports which will take place in Jakarta and in Palembang.
A highlight of the opening ceremony was that North and South Korea marched together under a unified flag.