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Asian Games: Pakistan rower Ejaz barred for exceeding weight limit

JAKARTA: Pakistan’s Asim Ejaz suffered the embarrassment of missing out from competing in the men’s lightweight single sculls at the Asian Games on Friday after he was disqualified for exceeding the maximum weight limit. Lightweight men cannot weigh more than 72.5 kg according to the rules but the 31-year-old was found to be over that limit despite his official Games entry putting him at 72 kg. “In race no. 57 LM1x, PAK is excluded due to exceeding the maximum of body weight,” Games organisers said in an official…

Two Koreas march together as Asian Games burst into life

North and South Korea marched together in a stirring display of unity as the Asian Games, one of the world's biggest sports events, opened in a blaze of colour in Jakarta on Saturday. South Korean women's basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong-chol jointly held the Korean Unification flag aloft as they led the athletes out to an ovation from the packed crowd. It is the second such symbolic gesture this year by the two Koreas, who also walked together at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics…

Indonesia begins countdown to 2018 Asian Games

JAKARTA: Indonesia on Friday launched the one-year countdown to hosting the 2018 Asian Games with fireworks and a traditional dance as it sought to display to the region it was up to hosting the tournament. Thousands of people packed around the national monument, or Monas, in central Jakarta to watch a light show and performances by musicians and entertainers. President Joko Widodo shot a bow and arrow to set off laser lights and two digital clocks that will count down to the opening ceremony in exactly one year. Jakarta…