MeraNews Newtork, New Delhi/Jakarta: The 18th edition of the Asian Games officially kicks off in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday. The opening ceremony will begin in the evening 5:30 PM Indian Standard Time, with most of the events scheduled to commence from tomorrow.

Some of the events, including Handball and Football, began last week. Around 11,000 athletes from 45 countries will be seen competing in 40 sports and 67 disciplines consisting of 28 Olympic sports, 8 new Olympic sports, and 8 non-Olympic sports.

For the first time ever, eSports (a form of competition using video games) and canoe polo will be contested as demonstration sports. Other sports that’ll feature in this year’s Asiad include Paragliding, Pencak Silat, Jujutsu, Sambo and Rock Climbing.

Over 570 Indian athletes will be vying for top honors across 36 sports disciplines which will take place in Jakarta as well as in Palembang. Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra will be India's flag-bearer at the expected-to-be-glittering opening ceremony. Renowned Indonesian singers like Anggun, Raisa and Tulus and a total of 4,000 dancers are expected to perform at the ceremony.

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