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SEA Games opening gets underway

PETALING JAYA: The opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games kicked off on Saturday with a stunning light show at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The arrival of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V was followed by a performance of the Negaraku, culminating in a fireworks and the light show.
The procession of the flags of the 11 participating countries together with 320 Jalur Gemilangs accompanied by a musical performance followed next. Then came the parade of contingents and athletes from the participating countries.
The opening ceremony was streamed live on the KL2017 official YouTube channel, which will also host the live streams of the games.
The opening ceremony took place at National Stadium, which is part of the newly-refurbished sporting facilities of the Kuala Lumpur Sports City.
Present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor  and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
The 29th edition of the Games until Aug 30 brings together some 4,900 athletes from 11 countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam,  Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Timor Leste and host Malaysia.
At stake is 404 gold medals in 38 sports, with ice skating, ice hockey, indoor hockey and cricket being held for the first time.
Going into the opening ceremony of the biennial extravaganza that carries the theme ‘Rising Together', Malaysia - with a 111-gold target -  have already clinched seven gold, four silver and five bronze medals to top the KL Games medals table.
The country's contingent of 844 athletes are counting on the home ground advantage to better the 62 gold medal haul and fourth placing in Singapore two years ago.
Besides Kuala Lumpur, KL2017 is being held on the island of Langkawi in Kedah, Selangor, Terengganu and Negri Sembilan.
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