- CNTV English - CCTV News

2011 Asian Winter Games open in Kazakhstan

01-31-2011 07:47 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

The seventh Asian Winter Games have begun, with a spectacular opening ceremony in Kazakhstan's two main cities of Astana and Almaty.

The opening ceremony was held at a newly-built 30,000-seat arena in the capital of Astana. The curtain-raising show, began with a dramatised performance based on traditional Kazakh epic poems - accompanied by a group of ethnic drummers.

More than 1,100 competitors, from 27 countries and regions will contest 65 titles in 11 categories until February 6th. It 's unlikely Kazakhstan will head the medal table, in front of the region's two sporting giants, China and South Korea. But Kazakh sports authorities, say they're hoping to win up to 25 medals and at least the third-place this year. The last Asian Winter Games were held in 2007 at Changchun in China.

Photo taken on Jan. 30, 2011 shows the opening ceremony of the 7th Asian Winter Games in
Astana,capital of Kazakhstan. The 7th Asian Winter Games lasts from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6.
(Xinhua/Guo Yong)

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program