Uncategorised(AIMAG) got underway to a colourful opening ceremony

September 11, 20190

?The Fourth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) got underway to a colourful opening ceremony, featuring athletes from 43 members of the Olympic Council of Asia.
Jung Hong-Won, premier minister of South Korea, announced the official opening of the eight-day Games, which will be running until July 7 with “Diversity Shines Here” as the slogan.
Host favourite pool player Cha Yu-Ram, who won gold for nine-ball singles in the 2009 Asian Indoor Games and also the Goodwill Amabassdor of the 2013 AIMAG, lit up the torch.
Bahrain’s parade consists of 20 members, who received big applauds as they entered the Incheon Samsan World Gymnasium.
This is the first time the originally separate Indoor Sports Games and Martial Arts Games are held as one event. The Asian Indoor Games were first held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2005, then in Macau, China in 2007 and in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2009. Meanwhile, the fist Asian Martial Arts Games were held in Bangkok.
The Games  feature 100 events in 12 sports which are billiard, bowling, chess, baduk (go), e-sports, dance sport, futsal, indoor kabaddi, kickboxing, muay, kurash and short course swimming 25meters.
China topped the medal tables in the last three editions of the Asian Indoor Games.
Host South Korea has the largest delegation of 121 athletes. The hosts look forward to win medals in billiard, bowling, baduk(go), e-sports, futsal and short course swimming. The next AIMAG will be held in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan in 2017.
Bahrain, meanwhile, look to have a solid start today as they kick-start their campaign at this eight-day event, which marks their third appearance in the history of the Games.
Bahrain’s delegation, being headed by Bahrain Olympic Committee sports Affairs executive director Noaman Al Hassan, is set to compete in billiards, bowling and swimming events from 4am (Bahrain time) onwards.
The bowling team will be the first in action today at 3am (Bahrain time), with the eight-member men-women’s squad competing in the singles event.
Masood Saberi, Ahmed Al Goud, Isa Abduljabbar and Taha Ebrahim are all taking part in the men’s section, while Fatema Khalid, Noora Al Janahi, Majda Taher and Layla Janahi will be competing in the women’s division.
The billiards events also begin today at 4am with the Nine-Ball Singles event. Bahrain sent eight cueists for the Games, with the men’s squad featuring Ali Hassan, Saleh Ahmed, Ali Mohammed and Abdulla Isa, while Jumeya Al Doseri, Nahla Al Sunni, Fatma Yousuf and May Al Doseri are in the women’s section.
Bahrain’s swimmers Farhan Saleh Faraj and Sameera Al Bitar will also be in action today at the Dowon Swimming Pool from 3am, as Faraj is lined–up with 31 other entrants in the men’s 50m freestyle heat, while Sameera Al Bitar will be among 32 swimmers in the women’s 50m freestyle heats in the fray in the women’s 50m and 100m freestyle heats.

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