Asian Games 2018

Asian Games 2018: Google gets in the Asiad spirit with a ‘Doodle’ tribute to Indonesia extravaganza

The tech giant marks the start of the pan-Asian quadrennial on day of opening ceremony

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 August, 2018, 6:05pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 August, 2018, 6:05pm

Tech giants Google paid a fitting tribute to the beginning of Asian Games 2018 by marking the occasion with one of their signature “Doodles” on Saturday as the extravaganza gears up for a spectacular opening at a ceremony in Jakarta.

A gif image heads Google’s main search page with a graphic showing illustrations of fencing, kabaddi, sepak-takraw, jiu-jitsu, archery and weightlifting all of which are included in the programme for the 18th edition of the regional Games.

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Google often marks notable occasions, including anniversaries of famous peoples’ births or deaths, with a Doodle.

The American conglomerate first introduced Doodles in 1998 when it marked the start of the Burning Man Festival. Google now employs a team of illustrators to design its Doodles.

Some of their more notable Doodles have marked the start of spring, the anniversary of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the launching of the first human into space.

The Asian Games kicks off with a grand opening ceremony at 8pm (Hong Kong time) on Saturday night.

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