The opening ceremony of the 5th Asian Beach Games will take place today “Shining Sea, Bright Future”
ABG is one of the largest Games in Asia held biennially. It was founded by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to promote tourism and develop marine sports. It serves as an own playground for marine sports and reflects the connection and harmony between sports development and tourism.
ABG5 is organised in Vietnam to develop sea sports, boost socio-economic development, strengthen solidarity and friendship between Vietnam and other countries and international friends, and promote the images of the Vietnamese land and people. In addition, the event offers a good chance for Da Nang city and Vietnam in general to further develop sea-based tourism.
ABG5 will take place in Da Nang from September 24 to October 10, 2016, with the participation of nearly 10,000 athletes, coaches, referees and technical officials from 42 countries and territories across Asia.
The opening ceremony will last 110 minutes, with formal etiquettes and an impressive and spectacular art programme. Through performances, the organising committee wishes to introduce to international friends the special culture of regions in Vietnam with famous chanties, unique customs, people’s rituals towards the nature and art forms recognised by UNESCO as world cultural heritages like the Hue royal court music and the space of Gong culture in Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) region.
The performances will represent the traditional culture and the will of local people as well as praise the love among people and their love with the sea.
They will also reflect the beauty of Vietnam’s sea with imposing natural wonders, charming and harmonious landscapes and friendly people.
Especially, some performances will feature images showing the talent of athletes. The strength of solidarity will be emphasised through images of sand sports.
Sports is the most common voice and the most beautiful melody of the Games. It represents the sentiment, spirit, will and strength of each nation and each community. It calls for the Asian community’s unity to build a common house where equality and mutual respect for development exist.