Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony
A simulated volcanic eruption and fireworks lit up
the Jakarta sky on Aug. 18 for the Asian games.
Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the elite
athletes during the opening ceremony.
The North and South Korean athletes marched
together under a common flag of the peninsula
around a huge model of a volcano, and
3,600 performers danced in various costumes.
The enthusiastic crowd and the millions watching
around the continent enjoyed the scene on TV.
Some 13,000 athletes from 45 national Olympic
committees will compete in the Asian Games.
40 sports and 67 disciplines with new events
from bridge to roller skating are scheduled.