Asian Games Doha 2006

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Most important results: Japan crushed Jordan 13-0

Japan football team was really close to set a new Asian Games record, when they trashed Jordan 13-0 in the women's competition. The result is the third-highest winning margin in the history of the competition. Only China (16-0 against India) and North Korea (15-0 against Thailand) have registered higher scores. We must keep in mind that Japan also had three goals disallowed and hit the bar three times.

It's good to mention that Mizuho Sakaguchi top-scored for Japan with five second-half goals.

It's important to look at the athletics disciplines now. Local favourite Saif Saaeed Shaheen withdrew from the Asian Games. The Kenyan-born athlete, who now competes for Qatar, was favoured to win the 3,000 metres steeplechase, as well as the 5,000 metres for a rare double for the hosts.

He had to withdraw after an Achilles tendon injury, for which he had been receiving daily treatment over several months, had not healed sufficiently to allow him to participate.

Shaheen's withdrawal leaves China's Liu Xiang as the only current world record holder competing in the athletics competition in Doha. Liu holds the world record for the 110m hurdles.

In Badminton, South Korean badminton player Lee Hyun Il, who is ranked 7th in the world and is one of the favourites to take the gold in the singles, crashed to an upset 2-1 defeat against Vietnam's Quang Minh Nguyen in the men's team event. Although South Korea comfortably won 4-1, Lee's defeat was not expected. The Korean won the silver medal at the last Asian Games.

Now lets talk about baseball, because Chinese Taipei took a giant step towards winning their first-ever gold medal in baseball when they stunned the defending champions South Korea 4-2. As the competition is being played on a round-robin basis without a final, Taipei must now be considered as favourites to take the gold medal. In their three previous starts in the baseball competition at the Asian Games, they have got medals: silver (2002) and bronze (1998, 1994).

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.