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1.Postponed several times due to a variety of reasons, the much-delayed but the biggest South Asian Games ever begin here today with hosts India expected to stamp their superiority in the regional spectacle.
2.The 12-day Games, featuring 2,500 athletes from eight SAARC countries, will be declared open by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a glittering inaugural ceremony at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium.
3.The multi-sporting event, being held under the aegis of South Asian Olympics Council, is happening after a delay of four years.
4.The 12th edition of the Games was to be held in 2012 in New Delhi but was postponed due to Assembly elections in the national capital.
5.After that, the Indian Olympic Association was suspended by the International Olympic Committee between December 2012 and February 2014, leading to further delay.