The energy and vibrancy of the youth of the region was showcased in brilliant fashion and in a true north-eastern way — dotted with glitz, glamour and technology in even measure — as the 12th South Asian Games was declared open at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, Sarusajai, here on Friday evening. Conceived with a lot of thought and imagination and performed with precision, the 170-minute long programme was, as usual in a multi-discipline event of this magnitude, segregated into two parts, with the sports protocol taking precedence over the cultural extravaganza. With the entry gates being closed about 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony for security reasons, the stadium did not draw the expected full house and this was quite a dampener to the start of an event in which 3,275 athletes and officials from all the eight countries in the region are participating.


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