Asian Games Doha 2006

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Friday, December 01, 2006

The Games begin with spectacular Opening Ceremony

It was a real pleasure for the eyes. A spectacular Opening Ceremony to mark the official start of the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 took place today at the Khalifa stadium in the city of Doha, Qatar.

The highly expected Opening Ceremony commenced at the 50,000-capacity stadium at 7.10pm local time Friday after more than two hours of pre-show entertainment.

And fusioning elements of desert and sea, the audience was taken on a journey of Arab traditional culture and high-tech wizardry to reflect the young and progressive Qatar that wants to be seen as part of Asia while being proud of its place in the Islamic and Arab world which was once a scientific and trading giant.

We must say that His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, opened the Games, and as well as a large array of world leaders and dignitaries, was joined from the world of sport by President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge.

At 9.45pm, the 15th Asian Games Doha was declared open in a display of pyrotechnics and laser by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, following speeches by chairman of the Doha Asian Games Organising Committee Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Sheikh Amad Al-Fahed Al-Sabah.

In fact, ahe Athletics programme takes place in the Khalifa stadium and will last for six days beginning on Thursday 7 December 2006 with the 20km Race Walking events. My site here will be providing daily news, results and photographs of the different disciplines.

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