Asian Summer Games

Publication date: 18 Aug 2023

About the Asian Summer Games

The Asian Games (Asiad) is a multi-sport competition held every 4 years among athletes from across Asia. For over forty years, the Games have been conducted under the leadership of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). After the Olympic Games, the Asian Games are considered the second largest multi-sport event. For the last four years, 45 countries have participated in the Asian Games.

Official website of the Olympic Council of Asia

2022 Asian Games

The XIX Asian Summer Games were originally scheduled to be held in September 2022. In May, it was decided to postpone the competition from 23 September to 8 October 2023. Asiad will be held in Hangzhou, China. This is the third Chinese city to host this sporting event. Currently, it is known that athletes will take part in 61 disciplines of forty sports. To date, there is no exact information about the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus.

History of Asiad

The history of the creation of the Asian Games began after the end of the Second World War, when several Asian countries gained their independence. The main purpose of creating a new sporting event between these countries was to strengthen relations. During the Olympic Games in 1948, the Indian Olympic Association proposed the idea of holding games between Asian countries to the sports team leaders of Asian countries.

The first Asiad was held in New Delhi in 1951. Athletes from 11 countries participated and competed in 8 sports.

Since 1986, for a number of different reasons, the Olympic Council of Asia was established to prepare and conduct the Asian Games.

Starting from 1994, some former CIS countries began to take part in the Games such as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

The symbol of the Asian Games is a red sun with 16 rays and a white circle in the centre.

As of today, 45 OCA member countries are eligible to participate in the Games.

In the history of the Asian Games, only 7 countries have participated in all editions of the games: India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Japan.

Medal table of the Asian Games in previous years 

The year Venue Results
2018 Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia China: 132 gold, 92 silver, 65 bronze;

Japan: 75 gold, 56 silver, 74 bronze;

South Korea: 49 gold, 58 silver, 70 bronze.

2014 Incheon, South Korea China: 151 gold, 109 silver, 85 bronze;

South Korea: 79 gold, 70 silver, 79 bronze;

Japan: 48 gold, 74 silver, 94 bronze.

2010 Guangzhou, China China: 199 gold, 119 silver, 98 bronze;

South Korea: 76 gold, 65 silver, 91 bronze;

Japan: 47 gold, 77 silver, 76 bronze.

 2026 Asian Games

It is tentatively known that the XX Asian Summer Games will be held in Nagoya, Japan from 19 September to 4 October 2026.

Keep an eye on the dates of multi-sport competitions and other events in our Sporting Events Calendar.


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