PALEMBANG, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- The unique South Sumatra culture was the highlight of the opening of the 17th Asean Universities Games (AUG) at Stadium Gelora Sriwijaya Jakabaring here tonight.
The 12-day games themed 'Body and Soul for One Heart One Asean" was officially opened by Indonesia's Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla.
Among the honoured guests were South Sumatra Governor, Alex Noerdin and Asean Universities Sports Council president, Prof Dr Anuar Hassan.
Some 20,000 spectators witnessed the opening ceremony which showcased various dances performed by 600 university students from throughout Palembang and performances by the Gigi band, Dewi Gita and Andi Rif.
In the march past, the Malaysian contingent was led by chef-de-mission Datuk Dr Abdullah Muhamad Said while national karate exponent Lim Chee Wei was the flag bearer.
The Malaysian contingent comprising 322 athletes and 77 officials is vying for medals in 20 events.
From Nursyabiha Sukri -- BERNAMA