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Asian Games 2023 Live Updates, Closing Ceremony Today: The closing ceremony is a fitting end to two weeks of exciting sporting activity.

Asian Games 2023 live updates: Asian closing ceremony to be held in HangzhouAsian Games closing ceremony live:

Asian Games Closing Ceremony 2023 Live Updates: The 19th Asian Games will conclude with a grand closing ceremony at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center Stadium in China on Sunday, October 8. The event will be a celebration of the best of Asian sports and culture and will certainly be an event to remember.

The closing ceremony is expected to last about two hours and will feature a variety of performances including traditional Chinese dance, music and acrobatics. There will also be a parade of athletes from all the participating countries.

A highlight of the ceremony is expected to be the handing over of the Asian Games flag to the next host city Doha, Qatar. The 20th Asian Games will be held in Doha in 2027.

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Asian Games: From 70 medals to a record 107 – how and why the needle moved

It was the shooters and archers who set their sights on the target of over 100 medals set by Team India for the Hangzhou Asian Games. This, combined with dramatic improvements in both track and field, took India’s sprint tally to a record tally of 107 medals, including 35 gold.

The previous best in 2018 Jakarta – 70 medals, 16 gold – had actually slipped to second place.

Heading into Sunday’s closing ceremony, India’s march will highlight several positives: the team’s medals in shooting indicate a new depth of talent; The rise in compound archery is good news as the event is likely to be included in the Olympics; Track-and-field dominance, the mother sport, added to India’s image as a growing sporting nation. And, crucially, the badminton gold and table tennis bronze forced China to rise up and acknowledge India’s presence in a discipline they have made their own – and have long dominated. (Read more)

It was shooting and archery, as well as dramatic improvements in both track and field, that led India to a record tally of 107 medals, including 35 gold. (Photos: PTI)

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First published: On 08-10-2023 17:22 IST

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