Two years after the spectacular Beijing Olympics, the 16th Asian Games opened on Friday in Guangzhou with a spectacular ceremony that set a new benchmark for organizers of mega sports events. Guangzhou held the curtain raiser on a boat-shaped island in the middle of the Pearl river instead of a stadium. Central to the aqua theme was a flotilla of 45 boats, each representing a team. The 9.3km cruise saw each float carry a landmark of a participating country, like the Taj Mahal (in pic) in India’s boat. Ace shooter Gagan Narang was the standard-bearer for India.
Guangzhou games declared opened
Pic : Times of India