18th edition of Asian Games begins in Indonesian capital Jakarta

The 18th edition of the Asian Games officially began in Indonesian capital Jakarta this evening. Most of the events are scheduled to begin from tomorrow. Some of the events, including Handball and Football, kicked off last week.

Around 11,000 athletes from 45 countries will compete in 40 sports and 67 disciplines in the 16-day quadrennial event. For the first time, eSports (a form of competition using video games) and canoe polo will be contested as demonstration sports.

Over 570 Indian athletes will be vying for top honours across 36 sports which will take place in Jakarta and in Palembang.

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