INCHEON, South Korea: Olympian Hockey Captain Muhammad Imran led the Pakistan Contingent at the XVII Asian Games which opened with a glittering, colorful and dazzling opening ceremony at Incheon Main Stadium here on Friday evening.
Smartly attired in national dress Shalwar Kameez and green waist-coat Pakistan athletes were cheered and greeted as they entered the stadium by the crowd. A Korean lady was carrying Pakistan?s National flower Jasmeen was in front of Muhammad Imran, reports Ehsan Qureshi.
Popular Gangnam concert was also part of the ceremony which was watched and enjoy by jam-packed 62,000 strong crowds amid fanfare and pageantry in 45-nation competition.
Top Korean Singer thrilled the audience with songs as local present era, past history and ancient culture was displayed in an imposing fashion.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, President Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Chairman Organizing Committee and heads of all National Olympic Committees including POA President Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan was also present on the occasion.
March-past started with Nepal leading contingent as per the Korean Alphabet. Olympic Flag and Olympic torch was brought in to mark the occasion.
When Korean President Madam Park Geun-hye declared the games open a loud applause erupted from the crowd and dazzling colorful firework eliminated the skies.
Korean and OCA Flags were hoisted on the occasion and Olympic torch alighted which mark the official opening of the sporting extravaganza.
Speaking on the occasion OCA Chief Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Sabah complimented the Incheon Asian Organizing Committee for rising to the occasion.
Majority of the events of the game start on Saturday with China dominating the Asian Games since 1982 on the medal table. Japan, Korea is the main contenders for the supremacy far behind China.