The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is recognized as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. It is held every four years, with athletes from all over Asia coming together to compete in friendly spirit.
One of the world’s biggest sports events deserves one of the biggest opening nights. Since this year it is to be held in Incheon, South Korea, what better way to commemorate the event than to open it with the song everybody in the world knows at least one line to sing to, if not all?
“Opp, opp, opp, opp, oppan Gangnam style!”
PSY, the South Korean singer whose song “Gangnam Style” took the world by storm in 2012, will be belting out the catchy number once again at the opening ceremony of the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014.
Tonight’s opening ceremony will mark the starting of the 15 days of sports competition, where 9500 athletes will be competing in 36 sports with 439 gold medals up for grab. South Korean President Park Geun-hye will be among the dignitaries present for it, Channel News Asia reports, and forty-five delegations from across Asia and the Middle East will be filing past them during the ceremony.
|North Koreans athletes arriving for Incheon Asian Games. [Photo credit: AFP]|
One of the participating countries this year is North Korea. The South and North Koreans have long been known to be on not-so-friendly-terms with each other. Part of the contemporary reason could be that the South Koreans get “fun” in a way their Northern cousins just don’t.
While every South Korean and anybody who’s lived through 2012 will immediately assume the “horse-dance” pose and starts babbling along to the fun song, North Koreans will simply…stare.
When the North Korean entourage was welcomed to Incheon last Thursday with a performance from break dancers dancing to the famous song, the athletes and officials gave small, polite smiles but remain unfazed by the song, before solemnly singing their own National Anthem.
Since the original singer will be the one performing the song this time around, hopefully the crowd will be more receptive and just dance away “Gangnam style”.