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The 17th edition of the Asian Games is opened in Incheon

The 17th edition of the Asian Games officially began with a glamorous opening ceremony in Incheon on Friday.

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Approximately 13,000 athletes from the 45 Olympic Councils of Asia are set to compete across 36 sports over two weeks of action.

The Games were started by South Korea's president Park Geun-hye, who simply stated: "I declare the opening of the 17th Asian Games."

A packed crowd adorned the new Incheon Asiad Main Stadium, which has a capacity of over 60,000 and was built specifically for the Games.

Those in attendance witnessed a raft of fireworks decorate the Incheon skyline, while a Korean-pop theme helped personify the "One Asia" mantra of the event.

Athletes who circled the track were given a generous welcome, while actress Lee Yeon-wei was handed the honour of lighting the Asian Games flame.

South Korean pop star Psy then performed his world-wide hit 'Gangnam Style' as proceedings drew to a close.

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