Asian Games 2014: The Closing Ceremony

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).

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South Korean girl group to perform in the Asian Games 2014 closing ceremony. Photo by Soompi.

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.

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17th Asian Games Incheon 2014

This Friday, the world will tune in to live telecasts of the opening ceremony for the 17th Asian Games 2014 that will be held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19, 2014 to October 4, 2014. The opening ceremony will start at 5:00pm (Malaysia time) on September 19 with the showpiece event of various performances exemplifying the elements of Korean traditional culture and their latest technologies. Athletes from all participating nations will be a part of the event, marching past their respective contingents on this very day. Even important officials from Asian countries will attend the opening ceremony.

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Official poster and three seals mascot for the 17th Incheon Asian Games 2014. Photo by India.com.

Similar to the Olympic Games, the Asian Games is held every four years and is the most prestigious event organized by the Olympic Council of Asia. The Asian Games follow a similar arrangement of the sports programme to that of the Olympics, with swimming and athletics at the core, while featuring disciplines in the diverse sporting culture of the continent, such as sepak takraw (Southeast Asia), kabaddi (South Asia), and wushu (East Asia). The first and foremost Asian Games was held in New Delhi, India, in 1951 with 11 countries competing in six sports categories. The 16th Asian Games took place in Guangzhou, China, in 2010 and featured 45 countries and regions competing in 42 sports categories. As a result, the growth of the Olympic Movement in Asia was highlighted. Now the 17th edition of the Asian Games will be held in Incheon, South Korea with 439 events in 36 sports categories and disciplines.

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The official poster of the Incheon Asian Games 2014. Photo by IAG14 (Blog).

Diversity Shines Here

The Asian Games 2014 is officially known as the XVII Asiad. ‘Diversity Shines Here‘ is the official slogan of the Asian Games which was unveiled on September 16, 2010. The official slogan represents and highlights the significance of Asia’s rich and wonderful diversity in history, cultures, and religions. Incheon was awarded the right to host the Games on April 7, 2007, after defeating New Delhi, India. It is understood that Incheon made an offer to raise USD$20 million of funds to support the countries who have yet to win a medal in the Games, as well as offering free flight and accommodation to all the participants, while India offered nothing, which led to the South Korean city to win the right to host the Games. Incheon is the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to host the Asian Games.

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Other official posters depicting five games (racquet – top left corner / aquatics – bottom left corner / ball – middle / athletics – top right corner / combat – bottom right corner). Photo by IAG14 (Blog).

Malaysia is one of the 45 nations participating in the Incheon Asian Games 2014, with core focus on top local sportsmen and sportswomen like Lee Chong Wei (badminton) and Nicol David (squash). National hockey coach A. Arulselvaraj hopes his unorthodox ways of blaring Pink Floyd music on the loudspeakers will motivate, encourage, and inspire his team to a gold medal. Low Wee Wern from the national squash team hopes to have an all-Malaysian final in the Incheon Asian Games 2014 with World No.1 Nicol David. But she will have to wait and see what happens when Nicol David takes the squash courts by storm. The Malaysian Tiger footballers defeated Laos 4-0 in their second Group A match to stay afloat for their stint in the Incheon Asian Games 2014. And Datuk Lee Chong Wei will be looking to add more gold medals to his current tally as he prepares to wow his legion of Malaysian fans in the Asian Games. Chong Wei’s badminton counterpart Chong Wei Feng is relishing a left-handed battle with his childhood idol and China’s Lin Dan. No doubt everyone will be hoping for a bigger haul of medals for the nation this time. Malaysia Boleh!