After a grand two weeks of competition and fighting for first place, it is time for the Asian Games 2014 to come to a flourishing end. It has been a tough battle, with top athletes from all 45 participating nations strutting their stuff and showing who’s boss in each of the event category of sports that were hosted and organized in Incheon, South Korea. The closing ceremony will be held on this Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 5:00pm (South Korean time), 1:00am (Sunday, October 5, 2014, Malaysian time).
The Closing Ceremony
There will be three main parts of the closing ceremony: the Welcoming Performance, Part One: The Countdown, Part Two: Remembering the Games with special feature films, and the Final Part: A Congratulatory Performance. During the Welcoming Performance, the Asian Games 2014 staff and volunteers will welcome the visitors and provide them with seat information while the Official Mascots and comedians will provide entertainment to the spectators. During the closing ceremony, famous K-pop stars such as CN Blue, Big Bang, and SISTAR will be performing live for the musical ears of the spectators.
Part One kicks off with the countdown, followed by the Korean Cultural Performances, such as the National Dance Company of Korea, Gugak Center Dance Troupe and Kukkiwon. Part Two will begin with the host nation’s flag brought forward to the venue of the closing ceremony. A special feature film will be aired for the spectators, to remember when the Games began on September 19 until the very end. Also, the Samsung MVP Award will be presented during the Part Two of the closing ceremony to the memorable and spectacular athletes who shone during the Games.
The Final Part of the closing ceremony is the Congratulatory Performance where the next host country for the Asian Games 2018 will be presented. Indonesia has won the rights to host the next Games so their flag will be brought forward into the venue. The Extinguishing of the Flame will be conducted at the end of the closing ceremony to close the celebration of diversity and sports throughout Asia.
All Eyes on Malaysia
A hearty congratulations to all the Malaysian athletes who took part in the Asian Games 2014. We may not have met the target for 8 gold medals but there is always room for improvement and we can certainly be better in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the next Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia! Below are the medals tally for our country:
- Squash: 2 gold medals by Nicol David (singles category) and Low Wee Wern (doubles team with Nicol David and two others)
- Karate: 2 gold medal by Lim Chee Wei (individual kata category) and Syakilla Salni Jefry Krisnan (kumite 61kg category)
- Sailing: 1 gold medal by Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz and Mohamad Faizal Norizan (two-person dinghy 420 category).
- The rest of the medals are 14 silver and 14 bronze.
Chee Wei’s gold medal is Malaysia’s seventh in karate at the Asian Games since 1994 after emulating the feats of R. Puvaneswaran (two), C. Muralitharan, R. Muniandy, S. Premila and Ku Jin Keat (Chee Wei’s master who ended Japan’s dominance in men’s kata in 2010). Karate is now on par with badminton as Malaysia’s joint-fourth highest gold medal contributor at the Asian Games.
Nicol David has worked hard to impress the nation and her supporters in the Asian Games 2014. She was selected as the flag bearer for the country, won two gold medals in squash, and now being nominated for the prestigious Samsung Most Valuable Player award. She is the first ever Malaysian to be awarded the nomination for the award. Now it remains to be seen whether she will lift the award during the closing ceremony. We certainly hope she does, as it looks to be her last Asiad now that the squash No.1 player has already hit her 30s.