MUSCAT: More than 30,000 Scouts representing 160 countries including Oman and territories are participating in the 23rd edition of World Scout Jamboree which began at the Kirara-hama venue in Yamaguchi City, Japan, on Wednesday.

A parade was held to mark the opening of the event. The sultanate’s flag was carried by Abdullah al Qarry at the international theatre.

The sultanate’s Scout delegation is organising an exhibition to showcase the country’s heritage, culture, the Scout and Guides movement and the achievements made as part of Royal Care accorded by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Supreme Scout of the sultanate.

It includes photographs and maps showcasing natural and biological diversity, history and civilisation and the achievements.

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of Terry Scott, secretary general of World Organization of the Scout Movement, João Gonçalves, chairman of the World Scout Committee and Dr Atef Abdul Majid Ahmed, secretary general of the Organization of Arab Scouts, representatives of regional organisations, Japanese Scout officials, heads of delegations and participating scouts.

The event will conclude on August 7.