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    The 2010 Asian Games, also known as the XVI Asiad, are scheduled to take place in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to November 27, 2010. Guangzhou is the second city in China to host the Games after Beijing in 1990. A total of 476 events in 42 sports will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in history of the Games. It will also be the last one to have presented such big events, as the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) have enforced new hosting rules for future games, beginning with the 2014 Games.
    Guangzhou was awarded the right on July 1, 2004, as the sole bidding city. This came after the withdrawal of several cities, from Amman, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. The games will also be co-hosted by Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei, the three neighbouring cities.



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    Default Asiad cricket: India's absence a boon for others

    Rashid Khan's uphill battle to help China win a medal in cricket in the sport's Asian Games debut got considerably more achievable when India decided not to send teams to Guangzhou.

    Still, the ex-Pakistan Test cricketer told the Associated Press he wants to keep his ambitions in check for the Chinese men's and women's teams he is coaching.

    All tickets for Saturday's opening day at the 6,500-seat Guanggong Cricket Stadium have been sold. Not surprisingly, a Chinese team will be involved in the first match the women taking on Malaysia.

    Khan says the Asian Games will be an ideal opening for China to move ahead in cricket and he is targeting a semifinal spot for the women's team which is in a group containing Malaysia, Thailand and Pakistan.

    The format of the men's competition even without India might be too tough for China as they would have to face one of the favorites if they advance to the quarterfinals. Pakistan and Bangladesh were seeded directly into the quarterfinals.

    "It will be a huge task," Khan said of beating either of those potential opponents. "One should be realistic but I just want my boys to do well and be competitive."

    He's predicting more for the women, though, expecting wins over Thailand and Malaysia in Group A.
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    Default China aims to continue Asian Games dominance



    Senior Chinese sports officials don't envisage much change to the status quo at the Asian Games amid initial moves to overhaul the state-run sports system that has propelled the country to the top.

    Xiao Tian, vice president of the Chinese Olympic Committee, declined to give a specific medals goal for Guangzhou 2010 but said the delegation of nearly 1,000 athletes is targeting more medals than it won at Doha four years ago.

    China was a long way clear in 2006, collecting 316 medals, including 166 gold. South Korea placed second with 58 gold.

    That continued a run of table-topping finishes for Chinese teams that began at the 9th Asian Games at New Delhi in 1982. China only rejoined the continental games in 1974 at Tehran, where it finished third.

    Xiao said changes are needed to the country's Soviet-style sports system that developed rapidly in the 1980s, in which young children selected for their athletic potential and specific physical traits are funneled into sports schools. The emphasis has been training those young athletes for years in the program with the singular goal of "winning glory for the country."
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    Default Archer Deepika wants tips from Sachin

    It is not just budding cricketers who want to take tips from Sachin Tendulkar as Commonwealth Games gold medallist archer Deepika Kumari wants to have a chat with the iconic Indian batsman to know the secret of his over two-decade old consistency at the international level.




    "I have been a Tendulkar fan since I was a kid and I consider him my role model. It is my desire to meet him and have a long chat with him," Deepika said.

    "He has been playing for the past 20 years and I want to know the secret of his longevity. I want to take tips of discipline and the zeal to play from him because like cricket, it is very important to be focussed and disciplined in archery. And there can be no better person than Tendulkar to guide me on this," she said
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    Default Asiad soccer: India suffer 1-2 loss to Qatar

    India let in two goals in the last 10 minutes after leading 1-0 to suffer a heartbreaking 1-2 loss to defending champions Qatar in their second group match of the Asian Games football competition on Tuesday.




    India, who lost 0-2 to Kuwait in their opening match, produced an impressive show and took the lead in the 18th through Dharmaraj Ravanan, who headed in a flag kick.

    Sukhvinder Singh's boys dictated terms on their fancied opponents in the first half but conceded two late goals to end the match empty handed. Striker Jaralla Ali struck twice in the 80th and 88th minutes to break the hearts of the Indians.

    Both the goals came after first choice goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani had to be replaced by Gurpreet Singh Sandhu as the former suffered an injury in a collision with Qatari midfielder Saleh Mohamed during a scramble for the ball minutes after the resumption of the second half.

    Not wanting to take any chances, Kattimani was taken to a local hospital for MRI scan and he was ruled out of any serious problems.

    Gurpreet was found out of position when Jaralla sent a looping header into the empty Indian goal for the equaliser in the 80th minute.
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    Default Your guide to the Asian Games

    Sporting dates
    The 2010 Asian Games also known as the XVI Asiad, will be held in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to 27.

    Mascot
    Le Yangyang is name of the leader of five goats. It refers to all of the mascots, each of them serving as the mascot.


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    Live on TV
    THE Games will be telecast live on Ten Sports ” 12 hours of action from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm every day from November 13 to 26. The opening ceremony will be telecast at 5:15 pm on November 12 while the closing ceremony can be watched at 4:00 pm on November 27.

    The channel will focus on sports dominated by Indian participation like boxing, badminton, tennis, table tennis, hockey, shooting, archery, football and wrestling.

    476 events
    A total of 476 events in 42 sports will be contested by athletes, making it the largest event in the Games' history.

    Hosting rights
    Guangzhou was awarded the rights to host the Games on July 1, 2004 after the withdrawal of Kuala Lumpur
    and Seoul.

    $17 billion
    According to the Mayor of Guangzhou, Wan Qingliang, the total cost of staging the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games is $17 billion.

    Opening ceremony
    The opening ceremony will be held on November 12, 2010 on Haixinsha Island in the Pearl River.

    Debut for cricket
    For the first time, cricket will feature in the Games but there will be no India representation as the Board of Control for Cricket in India did not send a team citing a packed schedule. Pakistan and Sri Lanka confirmed their participation.

    Billiards' time
    CUE sports were not part of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, but the Asian Games will witness them. Indian billiards stars Pankaj Advani and Geet Sethi mean business.

    Boxing worries
    India won three gold and four bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games but the Asian Games challenge will be greater. According to World No 1 Vijender Singh, boxers from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan might prove to be a handful.

    Challenge for Saina
    IN badminton, the hosts are all set to dominate unless their party is spoilt by Indians, who answer to the names of Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa, all fresh from their Commonwealth Games triumphs.

    Kaur value
    In athletics, watch out for Mandeep Kaur, who was part of the gold-medal winning 400m relay team. Brave discus thrower Krishna Poonia may also enjoy her time in the spotlight

    Hockey hopes
    The Indian men's hockey team which won the silver at the Commonwealth Games will look to thrive in Chinaland too. But it will take some doing to see off South Korea and old enemy Pakistan, their 7-4 win over Pak at the Commonwealth notwithstanding.

    Som respite
    In tennis, Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza are India's hopes but it will be tough without the presence of some big names like Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna.

    Sharp shooters
    Indian shooters won 14 golds at the Commonwealth Games, but it is not going to be a similar success story, reckon the sport's pundits with the presence of the formidable Chinese. In any case, following the likes of Gagan Narang, Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Tejaswini Sawant will not be a waste.
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    Guangzhou: China has promised a traditional, water-themed opening ceremony for the Asian Games in the southern city of Guangzhou to kick start the country's biggest sports event since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
    Organisers, however, are keeping the identity of the final torch bearer a closely guarded secret, along with the method of lighting the Asian Games cauldron on Friday evening.
    "It will definitely bring us an unexpected surprise," said He Jiqing, deputy director of opening and closing ceremonies for the Games. "The lighting of the fire will be full of Chinese characteristics. Chinese people will love it and this is something they are familiar with," he told reporters.

    While the grand splendour of the opening of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 will be hard to match, the Asian Games ceremony will draw on traditional southern Chinese culture and feature a strong watery theme given its setting on tiny Haixinsha island on the Pearl River which runs through the heart of Guangzhou.
    Unusually for such an international sports event, the opening ceremony would not be held in a large stadium, officials said, in order to better showcase the city's skyline and architectural landmarks like the 600-meter-tall Guangzhou TV Tower.
    Apart from the mysterious fire-lighting ritual, the opening ceremony will feature 6000 performers, a blitz of fireworks and athletes will enter on a flotilla of boats. Citizens in the area have reportedly been urged to switch on their lights during the ceremony to complement a hail of lighting installations to provide a glittering backdrop, though a pall of smog blanketing the city in the run-up could dim such an effect.
    "We are told it would be clear weather tomorrow night and everything will be good and smooth," He added. The Asian Games run from Nov 12-27 with around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries taking part in 42 sports.

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    Default Saina on stand-by as India's flag-bearer

    Star woman shuttler Saina Nehwal will carry the country's tri-colour during Friday's Asian Games Opening Ceremony here if ace rifle marksman Gagan Narang pulls out from performing the honour, said Indian Olympic Association chief Suresh Kalmadi.
    "We want Gagan Narang to be the flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony but in case he is unable to do so, and we have left it to him to decide on it, then Saina Nehwal would do the honour. She has been kept as the stand-bye," said Kalmadi after the Indian flag was raised at the Games Village here on Thursday.
    The flags of Indonesia and Lebanon were also unfurled at the village.

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    Default India qualify for Asian Games pre-quarters

    India qualified for the pre-quarters of the under-23 football tournament of the Asian Games with a stunning 4-1 win over Singapore in their last group match here on Thursday.
    Jewel Raja opened the account for India in the 13th minute while Balwant Singh doubled it in the 62nd minute. Jibon Singh added a third in the 67th minute and Maithani Manish scored the fourth in the 75th minute. Substitute Eugene Luo scored the consolation goal for Singapore in the 83rd minute.
    India finished third in the group but qualified for the pre-quarterfinal as the top-four best third finishers from the six groups qualify for the knock-out stage alonh with two top teams from all the groups.



    Singapore were clearly undone in the 13th minute when a poor defensive wall set up by goalkeeper Siddiq Durimi allowed Raja to score with a curling free-kick. Singapore came close to equalising, but Shahril Ishak failed to shoot despite having ball possession inside the six-yard box.
    Singapore captain Hariss Harun was forced to play in the defense as his team was depleted by yellow cards.
    Singapore were dealt a psychological blow when Harun limped off with an injury at half-time and then in the second half, goalkeeper Siddiq made a howler that gifted India their second goal.
    A backpedalling Siddiq was spotted outside his box by Balwant Singh and the striker hit the back of the net from almost the half-way line to make it 2-0.
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    Default Expectations high from Indian athletes

    After a stupendous performance at the Commonwealth Games last month, expectations will be high from Indian athletes at the Asian Games starting here Friday.

    Indian athletes are riding high after a historic second place finish at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, where they won 101 medals, including 38 gold medals. But replicating the success at Asian Games will be tough.

    India's best at any Asian Games was in the inaugural event in 1951 in New Delhi, when they finished second with 29 medals, including 15 gold. In the last edition four years ago in Doha, India topped the 50-medal mark only the second time but finished eighth with 54 medals, 10 of which were gold.

    At Guangzhou, India would majorly depend upon shooting, wrestling and athletics for medals.

    At the Commonwealth Games, India shooters bagged 30 medals, including 14 gold, while wrestlers won 19, including 10 gold. India had a surprisingly good haul from the track and field, winning two gold in a haul of 12 medals.



    All eyes will be on Olympic shooting champion Abhinav Bindra, who gave India its maiden individual gold medal at the Beijing OLympics Games two years back. Bindra along with compatriot and world No.4 Gagan Narang will contest with Chinese rivals Zhu Qinan and Wang Tao as India will be looking to challenge China's domination in Asian shooting.

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    Default Leading competitors at the Asian Games

    Brief profiles of competitors from the leading nations at the Guangzhou Asian Games which open on Friday.

    CHINA
    LIU XIANG (Athletics, 110 metres hurdles) Athens Olympics gold medallist and the first Asian male to win an Olympic track gold, 27-year-old Liu remains immensely popular in China, but has struggled to find his best form since dramatically limping out of Beijing's "Bird's Nest" stadium ahead of his Olympic title defence in 2008.
    The former world record-holder and double Asian Games champion will face stiff competition from compatriot Shi Dongpeng to defend his title in Guangzhou.

    LIN DAN (Badminton) Dubbed "Super Dan" by Chinese media, Olympic champion Lin will compete for a third Asian Games title in the singles. The intense 27-year-old, prone to mixing on-court theatrics with the occasional tantrum, has enjoyed fierce rivalries with Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat and Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei and could meet them again in Guangzhou.

    WU MINXIA (Diving) Wu teamed up with Guo Jingjing for consecutive golds in the three-metres synchronised springboard at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics but in the absence of the "Diving Queen" Guo, she has become the leader within the squad.
    Champion in the one-metre and three-metres springboard at Doha, Wu will only defend her one-metre title as China seeks to blood new talent.

    ZHU QINAN (Shooting, 10 metres air rifle) Zhu broke the Olympic record during the preliminary rounds at the 2004 Athens Olympics and went on to break the world record with a score of 702.7 on the way to clinching gold.

    Zhu failed to defend his title in Beijing but has vowed to make partial amends in Guangzhou on the way to the 2012 London Olympics.

    TENG HAIBIN (Gymnastics, team, pommel horse) Twenty-five year-old Teng swept onto the Asian Games arena at Busan in 2002, taking a team gold and titles in the horizontal bar and pommel horse.

    He went on to win the 2004 Olympic title in the pommel horse and remains a key component of China's world-beating gymnastics team.

    SOUTH KOREA
    JANG MI-RAN (women's weightlifting) Four-time world champion and Beijing Olympic champion, 27-year-old Jang may struggle in Guangzhou after suffering a back injury but managed a bronze at the world championships in Turkey in September, finishing behind rival Meng Suping of China in the 75 kg+ women's category.

    PARK TAE-HWAN (swimming, freestyle) Nicknamed "Marine Boy", Park arrives in Guangzhou holding the 200, 400 and 1,500 metres freestyle titles from Doha, where he clinched another four medals.
    Park's surge to swimming's peak hit a crescendo at the Beijing Games where he upset more fancied rivals to win the 400 metres freestyle.

    CHOO SHIN-SOO (baseball) The talented Cleveland Indians outfielder is expected to hit third for South Korea's national team, as they battle to reclaim the gold medal for the first time after taking bronze at Doha, which was regarded as a humiliation for the Asian baseball power.

    Choo, 18, has been in good form this season, and if the team wins gold, he will be excused from South Korea's mandatory two-year military service, clearing the way for him to sew up his first big MLB deal.

    NAM HYUN-HEE (fencing) The 19-year-old Nam is seeking her fourth and fifth Asian Games gold medals, after winning in the team foil at the 2002 Busan games and the individual and team at Doha in 2006.

    Silver medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, diminutive Nam won notoriety in 2005 when she was reprimanded for missing practice due to side-effects from cosmetic surgery. She has been in solid form in the lead-up taking a bronze at the world championships in Paris this week.

    JAPAN
    YUKIFUMI MURAKAMI (Athletics, men's javelin) Japan's 30-year-old Yukifumi Murakami won gold in the men's javelin at the Asian championships in Guangzhou last year and will be looking for more Chinese magic at this month's Asian Games upon his return to the southern Chinese city.

    Murakami, named his team's delegation captain, became the first Japanese to win a world championships medal in javelin in Berlin last year with a bronze-clinching throw of 82.97 metres.

    AI FUKUHARA (Table tennis) Famous for bursting into tears on national television as a toddler, Ai Fukuhara will add some colour to the Asian Games table tennis competition, but the pint-sized 22-year-old has little chance of breaking the dominance of host nation China.

    She is nonetheless likely to be given top billing by Japanese media before a ball has even been pinged in anger given her celebrity, which sprung from TV appearances in which she would stomp her feet in frustration and wail out loud if she lost a point to studio guests.

    KIMIKO DATE KRUM (Tennis) Life appears to be beginning at 40 for Japan's Kimiko Date Krumm, who humbled former world number one Maria Sharapova before beating Daniela Hantuchova on her birthday in September at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
    Date Krumm won the 2009 Korea Open to become the second oldest player in the Open era after Billie Jean King to win a WTA Tour title and her form over the past few months makes her a genuine contender at this month's Asian Games.

    KOSUKE KITAJIMA (Swimming) Twenty-eight year-old Kosuke Kitajima completed a 100 and 200 metres breaststroke double at the 2004 and 2008 Asian Games and will be the country's biggest draw in this month's Asian Games swimming competition.
    Having flirted with retirement after the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Kitajima underlined his credentials with a 100-200 double at this year's Pan Pacific championships.

    INDIA
    GAGAN NARANG (Shooting) India's hero quadruple gold medal hero at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Gagan will again lead the shooting team from the front. The 27-year old, a double world record holder in air rifle, will be key to India's position in the medals tally in Guangzhou.

    SAINA NEHWAL (Badminton) The 21-year old won the singles gold to help India finish second in the Commonwealth Games and won a Super Series event in an Indian first last year. Currently ranked number three, Nehwal will have a tough ask to prise a medal from the Chinese shuttlers.



    VIJENDER SINGH (Boxing) The Beijing Olympics bronze medallist changed the face of boxing in India, but would be disappointed with his controversial bronze medal finish in Delhi. The "Haryana hunk" will be out for redemption at the Asian Games.

    SOMDEV DEVVARMAN (Tennis) In the absence of Leander Paes, who opted out due to clash of dates with the ATP World Tour Finals, the tennis burden rests with 25-year-old Devvarman, who won Commonwealth Games gold in Delhi.
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    Default Asian Games history

    History of the Asian Games ahead of the 16th edition which opens in Guangzhou on Nov. 12.

    DELHI 1951
    Some 500 athletes from 11 countries participated in the first Asian Games, taking part in just six sports. Top three nations with their medals tally: Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 24 20 14 58 India 15 18 19 51 Iran 8 5 2 15

    MANILA 1954
    Eight additional countries took part, bringing the tally to 19 with 970 athletes. Although cycling was dropped, there were eight sports with the addition of boxing, shooting and wrestling. South Korea competed for the first time.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 38 36 24 98 Philippines 14 14 17 45 South Korea 8 6 5 19

    TOKYO 1958
    Tennis, volleyball, table tennis, cycling and hockey increased the tally of sports to 13, with 1,422 athletes competing. For the first time, a torch relay was held.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 67 42 30 139 Philippines 9 19 21 49 South Korea 8 7 10 25

    JAKARTA 1962
    For political reasons, the number of participating countries fell to 16 with the expulsion of Israel and Taiwan from the Games. A total of 1,460 athletes competed in 15 sports.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 73 65 23 152 India 10 13 10 33 Indonesia 9 12 27 48

    BANGKOK 1966
    Israel and Taiwan returned to the Games, where women's volleyball made its debut. Some 2,500 athletes from 18 countries participated in 14 sports. Thailand entered the top three of the medals table for the first time and India beat Pakistan by a single goal to take the hockey gold.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 78 53 33 164 South Korea 12 18 21 51 Thailand 12 14 11 37

    BANGKOK 1970
    The Games returned to Thailand because South Korea, for political and financial reasons, could not host them. A total of 2,400 athletes from 18 countries participated in 13 sports and yachting made its debut.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 74 47 23 144 South Korea 18 13 23 54 Thailand 9 17 13 39

    TEHRAN 1974
    The Games were held for the first time in the Middle East, with 3,010 athletes from 25 countries taking part in 16 sports.
    Fencing and gymnastics were added for the first time.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 72 51 49 172 China 32 44 26 102 Iran 26 23 14 63

    BANGKOK 1978
    The Thai capital hosted the games for a third time. Bangkok had come to the rescue when both Singapore and Islamabad pulled out as hosts for financial and political reasons. Archery and bowling were added, which helped to boost the number of competitors to more than 3,800 from 25 countries, competing in 19 sports. For the eighth consecutive Games, Japan topped the medals table.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total Japan 70 58 49 177 China 51 55 45 151 South Korea 18 20 32 70

    NEW DELHI 1982
    More than 4,500 competitors from 33 countries took part in 21 sports. While fencing and bowling were dropped, equestrian events, rowing, handball and golf were added. China toppled Japan, winning four more gold medals than the Japanese.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 61 51 41 153 Japan 57 52 44 153 South Korea 28 28 37 93

    SEOUL 1986
    Two years ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the South Korean capital hosted nearly 5,000 athletes from 27 countries competing in 25 sports. For the first time, the Games came under the control of the Olympic Council of Asia. Judo and taekwondo made their debuts. China topped the medals tally for the second time in succession, while the previously all-conquering Japanese dropped to third place.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 94 82 46 222 South Korea 93 55 76 224 Japan 58 76 77 211

    BEIJING 1990
    China hosted the event for the first time with 6,122 athletes from 37 countries participating in 27 sports.
    Taekwondo, included for the first time in the previous Games, was excluded, along with equestrian events. Boxing, canoeing, kabaddi, wushu and sepak takraw were introduced.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 183 107 51 341 South Korea 54 54 73 181 Japan 38 60 76 174

    HIROSHIMA 1994
    For the first time, the Games were not held in a capital city. Hiroshima in Japan hosted 6,828 athletes from 42 countries participating in 34 sports. Former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan competed for the first time and Cambodia returned to the Games after 20 years. Baseball, karate, modern pentathlon and tennis were added.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 125 83 58 266 South Korea 64 75 79 218 Japan 63 56 64 183

    BANGKOK 1998
    The Games returned to Thailand for a fourth time. Rugby, billiards, snooker and squash were added. Some 6,700 athletes from 41 countries participated in 36 sports but the host nation could not break into the top three medal-winners as they had done in the 5th and 6th Games.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 129 78 67 274 South Korea 65 46 53 164 Japan 52 61 68 181

    PUSAN 2002
    With 44 countries involved, the 14th Asian Games featured 38 sports and 420 events. Afghanistan returned to competitive action and East Timor was represented for the first time since its independence. China topped the medals table for the sixth consecutive Games.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 150 84 74 308 South Korea 96 80 84 260 Japan 44 73 72 189

    DOHA 2006
    Qatar hosted 45 teams taking part in 39 sports and 423 events to become the second Middle Eastern nation to host the Games following Iran in 1974. Triathlon and chess made their debuts for the first time and China predictably topped the medal table with its biggest haul since it hosted the Games in 1990.
    Gold Silver Bronze Total China 165 88 63 316 South Korea 58 53 82 193 Japan 50 71 77 198

    GUANGZHOU 2010
    Following the successful staging of the 2008 Beijing Games and Shanghai's 2010 expo, the southern city of Guangzhou gets its chance to show off China's relentless development and sporting might when it hosts the country's second Asian Games.
    Some 9,700 athletes from 45 teams will compete in 42 sports.
    Dance sports, roller sports, dragon boat and cricket have been added as new sports, while new disciplines Go and Chinese xiangqi have been added to the chess programme.
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    Default India expects gold binge from Asiad shooters

    Led by Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and Commonwealth Games hero Gagan Narang, Indian shooters would look to carry forward their stupendous CWG form into the Asian Games as the competition begin here on Saturday.

    Indian shooters had set the shooting range on fire at CWG by winning 14 golds but the road would not be that smooth here as the field comprises some really tough customers.

    But shooters are expected to win the first medals for the country on Saturday in the Games, the biggest multi-discipline sporting event after Olympics.

    Bindra will come face to face with Zhu Quinan, the man he beat to win Olympic gold in 10m air-rifle gold two years ago in Beijing while Narang would also be a contender in the same field.



    Bindra and 2004 Athens Olympics champion Quinan, who beat the Indian in last month's CWG for the 10m air rifle gold, are expected to provide the early fireworks on the first day of shooting at the Aoti Shooting Range.

    The Indian duo would aim to stop the home favourite shooters from lifting the gold in the event for the fifth consecutive time but the challenge would be quite stiff.
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    Default China conducts 2000 dope tests for Asiad

    In a bid to provide dope-free Asian Games, the China Anti-Doping Agency has conducted nearly 2,000 tests.

    A total of 1,950 tests, including 120 blood tests, have been conducted since August, Xinhua reported.




    Every single member of the 1,000-strong Chinese delegation for the Games has been tested.

    "We hope that China will keep a clean record. We have been working hard to send a clean team to the Asian Games and ensure there is no positive case in our delegation," said Jiang Zhixue, anti-doping chief in China's State General Administration of Sport.

    Jiang said the large number of doping tests served as a deterrent measure while anti-doping education is preventive in the fight against drug cheats as the Chinese delegation again adopted the anti-doping education admission system like they did in the National Games last year.

    All the athletes were requested to read anti-doping materials and had to sign a letter of commitment, pledging to abide by the anti-doping rules.

    "We refined the system that was initiated in last year's National Games," said Jiang. "No athlete is allowed into the team before they finish the required anti-doping education, no matter how great their sport achievements are.
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    Default China promises cricket a memorable Asiad debut

    China will make its bow in international cricket on Saturday amid high-pitched excitement and huge expectations at the sport's Asian Games debut.



    A full house will cheer the Chinese women as they take on Malaysia in the opening match at the brand new 12,000-seater cricket stadium in the university area of Guangzhou.

    All tickets for the week-long women's tournament have been sold out, a stunning endorsement of the International Cricket Council's vision of China being one of the sport's major new markets.

    The men's competition will follow from November 21 with all matches being played in the popular Twenty20 format.
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    Default Asiad begins with glittering opening ceremony

    China pulled off another dazzling show within two years of the Beijing Olympics as it unveiled the 16th Asian Games with a spell-binding and unique opening ceremony which had water as the overwhelming theme.

    The skies over the southern city lit up with spectacular fireworks as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao declared the Games open amid thunderous cheers from a capacity crowd.

    The major part of the ceremony was held at Hai Xinsha, an island located on Pearl River, the third longest river in China which is the life-giver to the southern part of the world's most populous nation.

    Games Organising Committee chief Liu Peng and Olympic Council of Asia chief Shaikh Al-Sabah delivered their opening speeches before Jiabao declared the Games open at the vibrant ceremony showcasing the seafaring heritage of this city.

    The ceremony set the stage for 14 days of competitions in which over 10,0000 athletes from 45 countries would vie for the top honours.

    The evening started with fireworks and the 37,000 spectators were up on their feet when 1320 artists from the city's oldest kung fu school descended with giant LED screens in the backdrop.

    The mesmerisingly choreographed act had the artists performing breathtaking acrobatics while being several feet above the ground.

    The LED screens flashed the cityscapes and the artists formed formations to look like eagles flying through the sky.
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    Default China's artistry of lighting Games torch dazzles

    In a brilliantly executed display, China's Olympic diving champion He Chong ignited a giant firecracker whose flame shot up and lit the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Asian Games at the Haixinsha Island here on Friday.



    The torch, first lit on the Great Wall of China, arrived, in the hands of dragonboat athlete Wu Guochong and was handed over to Chen Yi Ping, an Olympic and Asian record holding gymnast. It was then passed on to a famous Chinese yesteryear football player, who again handed it to China's Olympic table tennis gold medallist Deng Ya Ping.

    Finally world champion diver Chong along with two local kids Xiong Yuxiang and Chen Jiayu light a big firecracker that lit the main cauldron.

    Two years ago at the Beijing Olympics, China also left the world spellbound with the artistry of lighting the torch when former champion gymnast Li Ning was hoisted high above the crowd on a wire and 'ran' a lap around the rim of the stadium. Lighting a giant fuse, he ignited the colossal torch, which had been hidden from view and was lowered into place moments before the climax.
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