Asiad, the Asian Games in which more than 5,000 competitors from 33 countries are taking part, opened in Delhi on November 19 with a spectacular procession.
GV Outside stadium.
GV PAN INTERIOR Stadium with Indian dancers.
GV Mrs Gandhi walks up steps to light torch. (2 SHOTS)
GV Cavalrymen in ceremonial dress carrying flags.
GV President Singh meets games officials.
GV ZOOM IN TO Afghan team marching past.
GV Iraq team marches past.
GV Iranian team marches past.
GV Athletes run with torch through stadium and up steps. (3 SHOTS)
SV & GV PULL BACK President Singh and Mrs Gandhi watch as athletes light ceremonial flame.
GV Demonstrators walking through streets.
SV Demonstrators in stadium being arrested and taken away. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Police move in on demonstrators. (2 SHOTS)
SPORT: ASIAN GAMES
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Background: Asiad, the Asian Games in which more than 5,000 competitors from 33 countries are taking part, opened in Delhi on November 19 with a spectacular procession. The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs Gandhi, went to the National Stadium, where the first Asian games were held 31 years ago, to light a torch which was carried by runners tot he newly-built Nehru Stadium, where a ceremonial flame will burn for the duration of the games. She and President Zail Singh watched a march-past at the stadium by the athletes. The teams should have marched in the order of the Hindi alphabet, but Iran insisted on marching behind Indonesia instead of following Iraq. There was tight security around the capital because of demonstrations threatened by Sikhs, who are agitating for more autonomy for their state of Punjab. The police said they had detained 1,100 Sikhs in Punjab and neighboring Haryana in the previous ten days, and parties of Sikhs coming to Delhi to demonstrate were turned away. A small number of Sikhs were arrested inside the stadium when they chanted slogans and threw leaflets. Outside, some 120 Sikhs were detained when they staged a protest rally.