South Asian Games 2016 Opening Ceremony: The SAF 2016 inaugurated today in the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati with enough enthusiasm. It saw dance performances which included traditional songs. The flavor of Indian nativity was at the peak during the ceremony. This will be a 11-day game event. (see: Bangladesh vs Nepal.)
The inaugural day saw the Bihu dance which was also the highlight of the event. Bihu is a typical dance form popular in Assam. Moreover, the popular Assamese singer Papon presented a performance with his band.
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‘Ei Prithibi ek Krirangan’ (The world is a sporting arena) has been chosen as the 12th Asian Games theme song. Late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika wrote this song. He is considered to be a legend of folk music of the nation.
A number of well-known sportsperson of India were seen running with the torch. The list includes Bhaichung Bhutia, Krishna Poonia, Gagan Narang, and Anju Bobby George. In his speech, PM Modi declared the game ‘open’.
Injeti Srinivas, the CEO of the South Asian Games said, “It was a glittering event which lasted for 2 hours and 45 minutes. It was all planned and well-rehearsed ceremony. The effort put in it was quite easily visible. All was managed in just a tight budget.”South Asian Games 2016 Opening Ceremony Live Streaming
Today, the event had two parts. In one, there was a march past conducted by the athletes, oath taking and torch relay in the stadium itself. 8 current and past sportsperson did all the stuff.
These games usually takes place once in four years. It was scheduled to take place in New Delhi two years ago. However, they were postponed many times. At last, Shillong and Guwahati were finalized as the venues.
Srinivas, further, said, “I know they were postponed in the past. But the plans were improved always. Thus, they should be successful as always. There seem no reason for the failure.”
All the eight nations of SAARC namely, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh will participated in it with their 2500 athelets in total.
Last season of SAG was hosted in Dhaka. It was done in 2010 in which India topped the games with 175 medals out of which 90 were gold.
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Where to watch live
The opening ceremony of the SAG is scheduled to start at 5 pm IST. Prasar Bharati has once again bagged the title of being the principal broadcaster of the event in India.
The fans residing in India will be able to catch the live updates of the games on Doordarshan while it will be available to stream it live online on official YouTube channel of MIB (which is also made available below). All India Radio will make available the radio commentary.
Other live streaming options:
- Pakistan: Geo Super.
- Sri Lanka: MTV Sports.
- Bangladesh: Gazi TV.
- Afghanistan: Lemar TV.
- Nepal: Kantipur Gold.
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