Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dazzling ceremony brings Asian Beach Games to a close

 16 December 2010 
MUSCAT, 16 Dec. – A dazzling closing ceremony brought the 2nd Asian Beach Games to a close on Thursday evening as the reins were handed over to the Chinese city of Haiyang. 

"You have shined with us and caused Muscat 2010 to shine," Habib bin Abdulnabi Macki, the director general of the Muscat Asian Beach Games Organising Committee, told a packed stadium at Al Musannah Sports City.

"With this shining achievement we wish the entire Asian continent yet further flourishing and prosperity.
"We are very happy that Muscat 2010 has achieved its targets and fulfilled the promise of its slogan, ‘Together we Shine’."

After Oman had relinquished its beach soccer title to the United Arab Emirates and gold medals were decided in six other sports, the evening festivities began.

Fireworks lit the sky and crowds were enthralled by the energetic display of song, dance and Omani culture.
Spectators were entertained by a mixed Asian dance performance and a fire show by a Russian group.

Malaysian singer Dayang Nurfaizah and Omani hip hop artist Sham delighted the audience with a duet of Let’s All Unite, while about 100 children performed a special rendition of the game’s theme song, Together We Shine.

Haiyang will host the 3rd Asian Beach Games in June 2012.


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