The 2018 Asian Games will kick off today at Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The games started in 1951 in New Dheli, India and since then have grown to include countries all over Asia. The games are a multi-sport event and are scheduled to be held from August 18th to September 2nd.

In an unprecedented display of unity, it has been announced that North and South Korea will march under the same flag in this year’s games. This is a massive leap for the two countries and many are looking forward to their events in the games.

For those unfamiliar with the Asian Games, they are most closely related to the Summer Olympics. In fact, all 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia will be competing in this year’s games. Featuring hallmark sports such as swimming, diving, gymnastics, rowing, and among others.

Nepal has sent a total of 185 athletes that will compete in 29 game categories including archery, athletics, basketball, football, karate, judo, paragliding, and many more. Until now, Nepal has competed in all but two of the Asian games and has so far won 23 medals including one silver and 22 bronze. Altogether 11,500 athletes from 45 countries are taking part in the Asian Games.

Written by: Benjamin J. Loecken