Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia following Tehran in to host the games. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part in this event. Also, Eurosport broadcast the event, marking the first time that the European continent could watch this Asian sporting event. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were held at Khalifa International Stadium. Trampoline discipline of gymnastics, and the sports of chess and triathlon made their debut at the event.
Prior to the opening ceremony, Qatari youngsters spent 10 minutes creating a traditional Qatari Al Sadu carpet on the stadium floor. After that, a second countdown projection on the stadium floor began to signal the starting of the opening ceremony. A group of children, led by Nasser Khaled Al Kubaisi, then sang Qatar's national anthem after the raising of the national flag by the Qatari Armed Forces personnel. A cultural performance about the story of a "Seeker" and his journey to Asia was presented, began with a footage that transits from an atom, the Universe, Milky Way, Solar System and Earth to the games' host nation Qatar's landscape. The main character of the story was played by local actor, Adel Al Ansari. The show tells about a man called the "Seeker" who was born and live in the nation of Qatar, where people of the desert and the people of the sea dwells together. The people of the desert are experts in poetry, while the people of the sea are experts in fishing for pearls named "tears of the moon".
Well, in sports, the Chinese women are already holding up more than their share. Iran defeats S. Korea for men's soccer bronze medal at Doha Asiad Iran defeated South Korea with the lone goal in the dying minutes of extra time to win the bronze medal in the men's soccer tournament of the Doha Asian Games on Thursday. China claimed the title of women's 4Xm freestyle relay final at Doha Asiad, Dec.