Sunday, November 9, 2008

Opening ceremony of BALI 2008

The opening ceremony of Asian Beach Games at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument, Jimbaran, Bali, on Saturday (18/10), was a spectacular display. Around 2.000 dancers performed the history of Indonesia in series of attractive movements and choreography.

The president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, also attended to open the first and largest beach sports multi event in Asia. Beautiful music and performance were also among the main entertainment in the ceremony. Andre Hehanusa and Reza Artamevia, with Erwin Gutawa orchestra made the show even more extravagant.

Oka Sulaksana flamed the cauldron with the torch after being handed over from Taufik Hidayat followed by breathtaking firework display, lightening Bali sky as the climax of the ceremony. All participants are in five groups based on each of their Asian regions. As for security, 1.900 personnel from Bali Police Department and Military are standing by in all venues.

The entire ceremony took about 4 hours.

The flag bearer of the Malaysian Contingent was Ms. Rina Jordana from Beach Pencak Silat. Leaded by the CDM and 10 athletes and team officials participated in the march past.

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