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China’s Xi declares biggest-ever Asian Games open

Xi is scheduled to open proceedings in front of dignitaries including Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

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Chinese President Xi Jinping declared the 19th Asian Games open at a colorful ceremony in Hangzhou on Saturday, launching a two-week sporting extravaganza that boasts more athletes than the Olympics.

After being delayed by a year because of China’s now-abandoned zero-COVID policy, more than 12,000 competitors from 45 nations and territories will battle it out in 40 sports.

In front of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other visiting leaders, Xi officially opened the Games at the 80,000-capacity Hangzhou Olympic Stadium, also known as “the Big Lotus”.

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The Games will be staged at 54 venues – 14 newly constructed – mostly in Hangzhou but also extending to cities as far afield as Wenzhou, 300 kilometers (180 miles) south.

The Games in Hangzhou, a city of 12 million people an hour’s bullet train from Shanghai, will showcase some of China’s latest tech including robot dogs, driverless buses and facial recognition.

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