The 16th Asian Games (XVI Asiad) is all set to begin on November 12 at the Guangdong Aoti Sports Centre, Huangcun, Guangzhou. This is the second time China hosts the Asian Games, after Beijing in 1990. This will be the largest event in history of the Games with a total of 476 events in 42 sports will be contested竞赛 by athletes运动员. Guangzhou won the bid to host the games on July 1, 2004, this came after the withdrawal [wiðˈdrɔ:əl]撤回 of several cities like Amman, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul. The games will also be co-hosted by three neighbouring cities Dongguan, Foshan and Shanwei.
There are 53 competition venues and 17 training venues available [əˈveiləbl]可获得的 for the Games. These include [inˈklu:d]包含 the Asian Games Town which consists of由...组成 the Athletes’ Village, Technical Officials’ Village, Media Village, Main Media Center and International Broadcast Center. The opening ceremony开幕式 will be held on November 12, 2010 on Haixinsha Island in the Pearl River. It will be directed by Chen Weiya, who was also the assistant director of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Chen revealed in a special interview that the ceremony “will surprise the world”. Opening ceremony will begin at 20:04 (UTC+8), with some 7,000 people contributing to捐献,奉献 the ceremony, the team parade [pəˈreid]游行 will be held at 21:00 (UTC+8), while a “mysterious [miˈstiəriəs]神秘的” lightning ceremony will be held at 21:42 (UTC+8). The ceremony will be held separately [ˈsepərɪtlɪ] 分别地: at the sea and land.