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Asian Games begins with vibrant Opening Ceremony in Jakarta

Asian Games begins with vibrant Opening Ceremony in Jakarta

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The Ceremony began with a video supposedly showing the Indonesian President Joko Widodo doing stuns on a motorbike around Jakarta, before riding triumphantly into the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium ©Getty Images
The Ceremony began with a video supposedly showing the Indonesian President Joko Widodo doing stuns on a motorbike around Jakarta, before riding triumphantly into the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium ©Getty Images
A large group of dancers then began performing on the main stage, before parting to form a pathway for the athletes to walk along during the parade ©Getty Images
A large group of dancers then began performing on the main stage, before parting to form a pathway for the athletes to walk along during the parade ©Getty Images
Just as they did at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, North and South Korea matched in together, under the unification flag ©Getty Images
Just as they did at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, North and South Korea matched in together, under the unification flag ©Getty Images
Hosts Indonesia arrived into the stadium to huge cheers, chanting and red and white lights ©Getty Images
Hosts Indonesia arrived into the stadium to huge cheers, chanting and red and white lights ©Getty Images
Following a short speech by the Olympic Council of Asia President, Shiekh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the Games were declared officially open ©Getty Images
Following a short speech by the Olympic Council of Asia President, Shiekh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the Games were declared officially open ©Getty Images
Various dance performances took place depicting the history and culture of Indonesia ©Getty Images
Various dance performances took place depicting the history and culture of Indonesia ©Getty Images
Having started its relay in New Delhi as is tradition, the flame arrived into the Stadium initially unnoticed ©Getty Images
Having started its relay in New Delhi as is tradition, the flame arrived into the Stadium initially unnoticed ©Getty Images
The cauldron, which was made to look like a volcano built into the stage, was lit by former Indonesian badminton star Susi Susanti, a two-time Asian Games bronze medallist ©Getty Images
The cauldron, which was made to look like a volcano built into the stage, was lit by former Indonesian badminton star Susi Susanti, a two-time Asian Games bronze medallist ©Getty Images
The Ceremony concluded with a spectacular fireworks display, which lit up the Jakarta sky ©Getty Images
The Ceremony concluded with a spectacular fireworks display, which lit up the Jakarta sky ©Getty Images