Koreans marching as one highlights opening ceremony of Asian Games

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs She was the country’s first Olympic gold medalist and served as the final torch bearer during the ceremony.After the festivities, Jakarta hairdresser Hilda Susan, 40, said the ceremony helped in uniting the diverse society of Indonesia — with its population of more than 260 million — through various dances that reflected the country’s history.“It was amazing. We are very, very proud of Indonesia,” she said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? When the competitors walked into the stadium, North and South Korean athletes marched together under a flag representing the Korean Peninsula.They received warm cheers because the two countries are technically still at war following the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 — when fighting ended — that remains in a truce.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Unified Korean teams will participate in women’s basketball, canoeing and rowing at the Asian Games, which run through Sept. 2. LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sun rises, flags fall on opening night of swimming finals Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew One of the spectators at the opening ceremony, Kim Ki Ju, 49, a South Korean living in Indonesia, watched the emotional march with his wife and three children.“We are one people because we share the same language and culture,” Kim said. “We need to increase the chance of working together in sports and cultural events, and I want to show that to the next generation like my children.”Softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno was the flag-bearer as Japanese athletes marched in.“The Asian Games are very important to us because we are seeking a fifth consecutive win at these Games,” Ueno said, adding, “I hope a good performance by our team can encourage other Japanese athletes as well.”Another highlight of the ceremony was the lighting of the cauldron by Susi Susanti, who won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics in badminton, one of the most popular sports in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT The Korean teams march together during the opening ceremony for the Asian Games on Saturday night in Jakarta. The Japan News/Asia News NetworkJAKARTA — A spectacular show opened the festivities at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, highlighted by a video featuring Indonesian President Joko Widodo riding a motorcycle into the stadium that triggered a roar of approval from the spectators.In his opening remarks, Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said, “We are making history today,” praising the joint participation of North and South Korean athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more