Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Highlights: Rani Rampal marches in with India’s flag

Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Highlights: Indian women hockey captain Rani Rampal carried India's flag at the closing ceremony.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: September 2, 2018 8:02:52 pm
Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Highlights: Indian athletes at the closing ceremony.

Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Highlights: India ended their Asian Games 2018 campaign with the highest medal tally at the tournament ever, with a total of 69 medals which includes 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals. The closing ceremony happened on Sunday of the 18th Asian Games, taking place in Indonesia, with representatives of each country carrying their flag.Indian women hockey captain Rani Rampal was India’s flag-bearer. The ceremony saw performances by superstars Super Junior, Siddharth Slathia, Isyana Sarasvati, iKon, Ran, Denada, GIGI, Dira Sugandi.

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Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Highlights:

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And with that, we come to the end of the closing ceremony of Asian Games 2018. Thank you for joining us. Here is a beautiful picture from one of the performances at the ceremony to end the live blog with:

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Another firework display brings an end to Super Junior's performance. And oh dear, there is no stopping the fireworks now. 

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The official theme song of the 2018 Asian Games, "Meraih Bintang" (Reaching for the Stars), has been performed. Is that the end? Nope. It's Kpop time. 

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Asian pop-culture at display with one performance after the other. Siti Badriah performing currently. She is followed  by a group called RAN.

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Indonesia have some obsession with fireworks. Some ten fireworks are lit every few minutes. During the opening ceremony, the fireworks went on for some 15 minutes.

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After Siddharth's Jai Ho, time for boy band iKon to mesmerise the crowd.

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Flavours of India at the Asian Games.

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Indian artist Siddharth Slathia performs at the Closing Ceremony on 'Koi Mil Gya' from Kuch Kuch Hota hai movie. Next is 'Tum pass aaye'. 

The commentator goes, 'Something strange is happening.' I agree.

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The Asian Games flag has been taken down and presented to China, the next country to host the Asian Games in 2022. The handover ceremony ends with the Chinese national anthem.

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates India's performance:

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Here is a glimpse of the closing ceremony, under beautiful lights and colours

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Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla expresses his gratitude for the people involved in creating a successful Asian Games. Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia also gives a speech.

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After some more fireworks, the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo appears on the screen and he is welcomed with a loud cheer. He then addresses the fans and athletes from Indonesia's earthquake-affected region Lombok, where a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit just before the start of the Asian Games, killing almost 100 people. 

Meanwhile, India's sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore congratulates the Indian athletes:

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Isyana Saraswati sings a beautiful song and the screens show a flashback of memorable moments of this Asian Games. 

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And the athletes walk in after host nation Indonesia's contingent. Big smiles, happy waves at the cameras fill the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. A lot of athletes walk in wearing rain coats.

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All the participating countries' representative walk in with their national flag. Rani Rampal marches in with India's flag at the closing ceremony. 

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The ceremony has begun. And it began with a bang. After an announcement welcoming all to the stadium, fireworks rise from the roof to greet fans as well as participating athletes and officials. The Indonesian national anthem is sung.

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is also present in Jakarta to attend the closing ceremony.

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Japan claim final gold medal of 2018 Asian Games with mixed triathlon win. It was the one and only event held on day 15.

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India’s final tally at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia read 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze to surpass the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China and match the gold medal tally from the first-ever Asian Games in 1951. 

Here is how India fared in key sporting events and disciplines.

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It rained before the closing ceremony in Jakarta

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the closing ceremony of the 18th Asian Games where India produced their best show ever at the tournament, earning a total of 69 medals including 15 gold. Indian women hockey captain Rani Rampal will be leading the Indian contingent into the closing ceremony after a successful tournament. Stay tuned for live updates.

Asian Games 2018 Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Live Updates: Rani Rampal will lead India's contingent at the Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony, (Twitter/Rani Rampal)

Asian Games 2018 Closing Ceremony Live Updates Live Streaming: India Women’s Hockey team captain Rani Rampal on Sunday expressed her gratitude to the Indian Olympic Association and Hockey India for giving her the opportunity to lead the India contingent at the Closing Ceremony of 2018 Asian Games. In a tweet, Rampal said that she feels immensely proud to be India’s flag bearer. “It’s a matter of great pride for me to be the flag bearer of our contingent during the closing ceremony of Asian Games today,” she wrote. India lost to Japan 2-1 in the final in the final and had to settle for a silver medal. It was after 20 years that India had reached the Women’s Hockey final in 20 years. Rampal, who was nursing back from an injury, was in tears after losing the final.