One of the most anticipated events in a multi-sport extravaganza is always the Opening Ceremony. And the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon is no different, as a grand spectacle is expected with the Opening Ceremony set to showcase Asia as one.
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The 2014 Asian Games Opening Ceremony is scheduled for a 7 pm local time (3.30 pm IST) start with live coverage of the entire event on Ten Sports in India. Get the live streaming option for the Opening Ceremony on Ten Sports Live.
Viewers can also catch all the action via live stream on the Asian Games YouTube Channel.
After the highly successful Guangzhou Asian Games four years ago, there will be plenty of spotlight on India, who will look for more gold medals in this continental showpiece in South Korea.
Before all of that, though, there is the Opening Ceremony, which is set to include some of the biggest names in South Korea including "Gangnam Style" singer Psy.
"Unlike the previous Asian Games and Olympics that focused on flaunting their national power, such as 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, 2012 London Olympics, and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games won't simply show off a scale but try to deliver a clear message: '4.5 billion Asians' dream, Asia as one," artistic director Jang Jin said.
"We will display Korea's past and future by combining the characters and identities of Korea with its digital technology," added Jin and fellow joint director of the Asian Games Opening ceremony Im Kwon-Taek in a statement.
South Korean stars Kim Seong-Ju and Yun Su-yeong will host the Opening Ceremony as well as the Closing Ceremony which is schedule for early next month on 4 October.
The cynosure will probably be Psy, who became a global face following his hit single "Gangnam Style," which has had record-breaking views on YouTube. Joining Psy in the performances list are violist Richard Yongjae O'Neill, gugak performer Ahn Suk-seon, pianist Lang Lang, soprano Jo Su-mi and cellist Song Yeong-hun.
From India's perspective, Sardar Singh will be given the honour of carrying the Indian flag as the athletes walk out during the opening ceremony and the hockey team captain could not have been more honoured to be given the opportunity.
"It is definitely a big moment for me," Sardar was quoted as saying by NDTV on Thursday when asked about being chosen to be India's flag-bearer. "It is a big honour to lead the nation in the opening ceremony of a multisport event like the Asian Games.
"Tomorrow will definitely be one of the best moments of my career. I am already getting goose bumps."
According to some reports, ticket sales for the opening ceremony has been somewhat lukewarm. But, hopefully, by the time the show gets on the field in a few hours' time, the stadium will be filled to its capacity.