Asian Games: PM conveys best wishes to Indian contingent

“I am sure they will give their best through the Games,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.

Five hundred and seventy two Indian athletes will participate in the Asian Games.   -  AP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered his best wishes to the Indian contingent for the 18th Asian Games.

“Best wishes to the Indian contingent for the @asiangames2018, which are being held in Indonesia. We are extremely proud of our athletes and I am sure they will give their best through the Games,” he tweeted.

 

The Games will take place simultaneously in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, and Palembang, capital of the province of South Sumatra. Jakarta hosted the opening ceremony on Saturday at 1730 IST.

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About 11,000 athletes from 45 countries will be in action.

The Games, which run till September 2, will be a reality check for India’s athletes after the Commonwealth Games high. India had equalled its best performance in the Games in the 2014 edition, with a total of 57 medals — including 11 gold.

The contingent of 572 athletes this time would be hoping to better that.