Spectacular farewell to Asian Games

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2018 10:20:26




INDONESIA bid an emotional farewell to the 18th Asian Games, displaying the same gritty spirit with which it organised the 15-day sporting extravaganza as thousands braved heavy rain to turn up for a spectacular closing ceremony here on Sunday.

The 76,000 capacity Gelora Bung Karno stadium did not attract many people when the track and field events were on but they made a beeline to watch the two-hour long closing ceremony that was high on entertainment. Indonesia’s love for Bollywood was also on full display as singer Siddharth Slathia and Denada sang popular numbers ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’ and ‘Jai Ho’.

As expected, the closing ceremony was not as sensational as the opening when Indonesian President Joko Widodo made headlines with his bike stunt to enter the venue. India’s Slathia, was among the six singers who sang the Games anthem in local language.

The Indian contingent was led by women hockey team’s captain and flag-bearer Rani Rampal, producing the best ever performance with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.