The 19th edition of the Asian Games is all set to kick off with a glitzy opening ceremony, scheduled for September 23rd. Sports enthusiasts from all over the world will soon get to witness probably Asia's biggest sporting event, featuring over 40 different sports, and a large pool of talented and amateur athletes hailing from different parts of the continent.
Although some of the sports already began on 19th September, there will be an official opening ceremony three days later to celebrate the tournament's legacy and its star-studded players.
The purpose of the ceremony is to depict the rich culture and heritage of the host nation, China, along with the sportsmanship and spirit of the game among the participating nations.
When and where will Asian Games 2023 opening ceremony take place?
Venue: Avant-Garde Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium
Date: September 23, 2023
Time: 17:30 IST - 20:30 IST
Where to Watch Asian Games 2023 Opening Ceremony? - TV & Live Streaming Details
Fans in India can enjoy the opening ceremony on the Sony Sports Network on TV and on the Sony LIV app.
About the Avant-Garde Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium
This stadium has the capacity to accommodate around 80-85,000 spectators. It was completed back in 2018, with the aim of hosting soccer matches, but is now set to welcome the prestigious Asiad opening ceremony.
The Executive Producer of the opening ceremony, while talking in an interview with the CCTV+ journalist, said:
“The ceremony will portray the Ancient and Modern Hangzhou as well as the bond between the participating nations. It is a brilliant artwork of Chinese artists, our task is polishing ideas and presenting the thoughts through graphical motion.”
Hong Kong is set to send the largest pool of athletes, 680 of them, taking part in various contests throughout the competition. On the other hand, 655 athletes from India are all set to partake with great pride.
Players participating in these Games have a chance to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The Asian Games, also called Asiad, is a continental multi-national tournament, which is held every fourth year. While the first version of these Games dates back to 1951, hosted by New Delhi, the last version was played in 2018.
Asian Games 2023 were originally scheduled for 2022, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak in China, it had to be rescheduled to 2023.