With steady rain and soggy, slippery conditions under foot, the ceremony featured the minimum protocol for each National Olympic Committee of flag-raising, national anthem and exchange of gifts with a local official.
Host country Vietnam, together with Qatar and Maldives, made up the first delegations to be welcomed officially to ABG5. The team leaders then took it in turn to exchange souvenir gifts with Mr Tho Huynh Duc, Vice Chairman of the 5th Asian Beach Games steering committee.
The Team Welcome Ceremony will be held four times for multiple teams on the afternoons of September 22-23, before the Opening Ceremony takes place at the same venue, Bien Dong Park, on Saturday evening. ABG5 will run from September 24 to October 3, with 14 sports, 22 disciplines and 172 events at four venue clusters along a 7km stretch of the bay.