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Asian Games


The Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.

The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games.

Since the 1982 Games they have been organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation.

The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.

In its history, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games. 46 nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974.

The first Asian Games began on March 4, 1951 in New Delhi.

Symbol - The Asian Games Association has choosen shining sun as its symbol.

Motto - The AGF(Asian Games Federation) adopted 'Ever Onward', given by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, as the motto of the Asian Games.

Emblem - The emblem of Asian Games is a 'bright full rising sun' with interlocking rings.

The Maharaja of Patiala presented the Torch and the flag for the first Asian Games and since then they have been carried from country to country.

Asian Indoor Games

The Asian Indoor Games is a multi-sport event held every two years among athletes representing countries from Asia.

The games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia. The first games were held in 2005 in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 2013 the games will be merged with the Asian Martial Arts Games and be known as the Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games, which will henceforth be held once every four years.

Asian Beach Games

The Asian Beach Games is a multi-sport event to be held every two years among athletes representing countries from Asia.

The games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia. The first games was held in 2008 in Bali, Indonesia.

Asian Martial Arts Games

The Asian Martial Arts Games is a multi-sport event to be held every two years among athletes representing countries from Asia.

The games are regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia. The first and also the last games is in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

In 2013 the games will be merged with the Asian Indoor Games and be known as the Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games, which will henceforth be held once every four years.

Asian Youth Games (AYG) 


The Asian Youth Games (AYG) is an international multi-sport event held every four years to complement the current Asian Games.

The first Asian Youth Games was hosted by Singapore as a test in preparation for Youth Olympic Games (YOG).

Host of Asian Games :

Year Edition Host Dates Nations Sports
1951 I New Delhi, India March 4–11 11 6
1954 II Manila, Philippines May 1–9 19 8
1958 III Tokyo, Japan May 28 – June 1 16 13
1962 IV Jakarta, Indonesia Aug 24 – Sep 4 12 13
1966 V Bangkok, Thailand Dec 9 – 20 16 14
1970 VI Bangkok, Thailand August 24 – Sep 4 16 13
1974 VII Tehran, Iran Sep 1–16 19 16
1978 VIII Bangkok, Thailand Dec 9–20 19 19
1982 IX New Delhi, India Nov 19 – Dec 4 23 21
1986 X Seoul, South Korea Sep 20 – Oct 5 27 25
1990 XI Beijing, China Sep 22 – Oct 7 36 29
1994 XII Hiroshima, Japan Oct 2–16 42 34
1998 XIII Bangkok, Thailand Dec 6–20 41 36
2002 XIV Busan, South Korea Sep 29 – Oct 14 44 38
2006 XV Doha, Qatar Dec 1–15 45 39
2010 XVI Guangzhou, China Nov 12–27 45 42
2014 XVII Incheon, South Korea Sep 19 – Oct 4 45 36
2018 XVIII Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia Aug 18 – Sep 2 45 40
2022 XIX Hangzhou, China Sep 10 - 25 N/A N/A
2026 XX Nagoya, Japan Sep 19 - Oct 4 N/A N/A

India at the Asian Games :

India is a member of the South Asian Zone of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), and has participated in the Asian Games since their inception in 1951.

The Indian Olympic Association, established in 1927, and recognised in the same year by the International Olympic Committee, is the National Olympic Committee for India.

India was one of the first five founding members of the Asian Games Federation on 13 February 1949, in New Delhi; the organisation was disbanded on 26 November 1981 and replaced by the Olympic Council of Asia.

New Delhi, the national capital of India, has hosted the Asian Games on two occasions: the inaugural 1951 Asian Games and the 1982 Asian Games.

Till 2018, India ranked 6th in the world and won 154 Gold, 202 Silver and 315 Bronze medals(Total : 671)


India at the 2018 Asian Games :

India competed at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, from 18th August to 2nd September. Neeraj Chopra was the flag bearer for the opening ceremony while Rani Rampal was named as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

India bettered its previous best medal haul achieved 8 years earlier at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

India ranked 8th in 2018 Asian Games event, and won Gold-16, Silver-23 and Bronze-31 medals. (total : 70)


2018 - First medals :

1.) India secured a bronze medal in the men's team regu event which was the country's first medal in sepak takraw since the debut of the sport in the 1990 Asian Games.

2.) India secured its first ever medal in table tennis in the Asian Games as the men's team won a Bronze medal by defeating Japan in the quarterfinal of the Table tennis at the 2018 Asian Games.

3.) In the 25 meter rapid fire pistol event, Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman to clinch the gold medal in a shooting event of Asian Games.

4.) Vinesh Phogat, who won gold in the women's freestyle 50 kg category, became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Games.

5.) Saina Nehwal won India's first ever medal in the women's singles event in badminton at the Asian Games when she won the bronze medal after losing the semi final.

6.) P. V. Sindhu became the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of a singles badminton event at the Games and eventually won a silver.

7.) Neeraj Chopra won the country's first javelin gold medal, setting a new national record.

8.) Indian pair of Pranab Bardhan & Shibnath Sarkar won the gold medal in the inaugural edition of Contract bridge at the 2018 Asian Games – Men's pair

9.) Vikas Krishan Yadav sets the record to become the first Indian boxer to clinch a medal in three successive Asian games.

10.) Swapna Barman won gold medal in women's Heptathlon which is India's first ever medal in this kind.

Last updated on: 16/10/2019

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