Asian Games
Overview
 
The Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is a multi-sport event
Multi-sport event
A multi-sport event is an organized sporting event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports between organized teams of athletes from nation-states. The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance was the modern Olympic Games.Many...

 held every four years among athletes from all over Asia
Asia
Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and with approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population...

. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital city of India. It serves as the centre of the Government of India and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi. It is one of the nine districts of Delhi Union Territory. The total area of the city is...

, India
India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

, until the 1978 Games
1978 Asian Games
The 8th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1978 to December 20, 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. And then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan was decided to host the 8th Games...

. Since the 1982 Games
1982 Asian Games
The 9th Asian Games were held from November 19, 1982 to December 4, 1982 in Delhi, India.An incredible 74 Asian and Asian Games records were broken. This was also the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia.-Sports:...

 they have been organised by the Olympic Council of Asia
Olympic Council of Asia
The Olympic Council of Asia is a governing body of sports in Asia, currently with 45 member National Olympic Committees. The current president is Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah. The oldest NOC is from Japan and Philippines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1911; whereas East Timor is...

 (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation. The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee is an international corporation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin on 23 June 1894 with Demetrios Vikelas as its first president...

 (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

.

In its history, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games.
Encyclopedia
The Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is a multi-sport event
Multi-sport event
A multi-sport event is an organized sporting event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports between organized teams of athletes from nation-states. The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance was the modern Olympic Games.Many...

 held every four years among athletes from all over Asia
Asia
Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and with approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population...

. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital city of India. It serves as the centre of the Government of India and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi. It is one of the nine districts of Delhi Union Territory. The total area of the city is...

, India
India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

, until the 1978 Games
1978 Asian Games
The 8th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1978 to December 20, 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. And then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan was decided to host the 8th Games...

. Since the 1982 Games
1982 Asian Games
The 9th Asian Games were held from November 19, 1982 to December 4, 1982 in Delhi, India.An incredible 74 Asian and Asian Games records were broken. This was also the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia.-Sports:...

 they have been organised by the Olympic Council of Asia
Olympic Council of Asia
The Olympic Council of Asia is a governing body of sports in Asia, currently with 45 member National Olympic Committees. The current president is Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah. The oldest NOC is from Japan and Philippines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1911; whereas East Timor is...

 (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation. The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee is an international corporation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, created by Pierre de Coubertin on 23 June 1894 with Demetrios Vikelas as its first president...

 (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

.

In its history, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games. 46 nations have participated in the Games, including Israel
Israel at the Asian Games
Israel competed at the Asian Games five times, from 1954 to 1974. Israel was excluded from the Olympic Council of Asia in 1981 for political reasons and could no longer participate. Even before that, Israel was twice unable to participate in the Games of 1962 and 1978, also for political reasons.-...

, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974
1974 Asian Games
The 7th Asian Games were held from September 1, 1974 to September 16, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. The Aryamehr sports complex was made for the Games. The Asian Games were hosted in the Middle East for the first time...

.

Prior formation

Before the Asian Games were held, there was a gathering known as the Far Eastern Games which was first mooted in 1912 between Empire of Japan
Empire of Japan
The Empire of Japan is the name of the state of Japan that existed from the Meiji Restoration on 3 January 1868 to the enactment of the post-World War II Constitution of...

, the Philippine Islands
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

 and China
China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...

. The first Games were then held in Manila
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

 in 1913
1913 Far Eastern Games
The 1st Far Eastern Games were held in February 1913 in Manila, Philippine Islands....

 and ten further gatherings were held until 1934
1934 Far Eastern Games
The 10th Far Eastern Games were held in May 1934 in Manila, Philippines.This was the last Far Eastern Championship Games. The 11th Far Eastern Championship Games was scheduled to be held in 1938 in Osaka, Japan, but was cancelled after the 1937 outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War....

. However, against the backdrop of the second Sino-Japanese War
Second Sino-Japanese War
The Second Sino-Japanese War was a military conflict fought primarily between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. From 1937 to 1941, China fought Japan with some economic help from Germany , the Soviet Union and the United States...

 in 1934, in the face of Japan's insistence on including Manchu Empire
Manchukuo
Manchukuo or Manshū-koku was a puppet state in Manchuria and eastern Inner Mongolia, governed under a form of constitutional monarchy. The region was the historical homeland of the Manchus, who founded the Qing Empire in China...

 as competitor nation in the Games, China announced its withdrawal from participation. The Games scheduled for 1938
1938 Far Eastern Games
The 1938 Far Eastern Games were scheduled to be held in Osaka, Japan, although they were cancelled due to the outbreak of Second Sino-Japanese War....

 were cancelled and the organisation was discontinued thereafter.

Formation

After World War II, a number of Asian countries became independent. Many of the newly independent Asian countries wanted to see a new type of competition where Asian dominance would not be shown by violence but would be strengthened by mutual understanding. During the 1948 Summer Olympics
1948 Summer Olympics
The 1948 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event which was held in London, England, United Kingdom. After a 12-year hiatus because of World War II, these were the first Summer Olympics since the 1936 Games in Berlin...

 in London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

, a conversation between sportsmen from China and the Philippines raised the idea of restoring the Far Eastern Games. However, the Indian International Olympic Committee representative Guru Dutt Sondhi
Guru Dutt Sondhi
Guru Dutt Sondhi was the founder of the Asian Games Federation .Despite initial setbacks it was formed on February 13, 1949 in New Delhi, where the delegates drafted a constitution...

 thought that the restoration of the Games would not be sufficient to show the spirit of unity and level of achievement in Asian sports, so proposed to sports leaders the idea of having discussions about holding a wholly new competition — the Asian Games. This gave rise to the agreement to form the Asian Athletic Federation. A preparatory committee was set up to draft the charter for this new body. On 13 February 1949, the Asian Athletic Federation was formally inaugurated in New Delhi, alongside the name Asian Games Federation, with New Delhi announced as the first host city of the Asian Games which were scheduled to be held in 1950.

Crisis, reorganisation, expansion

Starting in 1962
1962 Asian Games
The 4th Asian Games were held from August 24, 1962 to September 4, 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most notable is the exclusion of Israel and the Republic of China from the Games....

, the Games were hit by several crises. First, the host country Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

, refused to permit the participation of Israel and the Republic of China due to political and religious issues. As a result, the IOC removed its sponsorship of the Games and terminated Indonesia as one of the IOC members. The Asian Football Confederation
Asian Football Confederation
The Asian Football Confederation is the governing body of association football in Asia. It has 46 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent. However, due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia, nations such as Russia and Turkey which are located mostly in geographic Asia are...

 (AFC), International Association of Athletics Federations
International Association of Athletics Federations
The International Association of Athletics Federations is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was founded in 1912 at its first congress in Stockholm, Sweden by representatives from 17 national athletics federations as the International Amateur Athletics Federation...

 (IAAF) and International Weightlifting Federation
International Weightlifting Federation
The International Weightlifting Federation , headquartered in Budapest, is the international governing body for the sport of Olympic weightlifting.The IWF was founded in 1905, and has 187 member nations. The IWF president is Dr...

 (IWF), also removed their recognition of the Games.

In 1970
1970 Asian Games
The 6th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1970 to December 20, 1970 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally Seoul, South Korea was selected to host the 6th Games but it declined due to both financial reasons and security threats from neighboring North Korea. Previous host Thailand stepped in to save...

, South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

 dropped its plan to host the Games declined due to national security crisis, however the main reason was due to financial crisis
Financial crisis
The term financial crisis is applied broadly to a variety of situations in which some financial institutions or assets suddenly lose a large part of their value. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, many financial crises were associated with banking panics, and many recessions coincided with these...

, forcing the previous host Thailand to administer the Games again in Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

 using funds transferred from South Korea. Prior to the Games, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

 was asked to host the Games, but declined due to Expo '70
Expo '70
was a World's Fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was "Progress and Harmony for Mankind." In Japanese Expo '70 is often referred to as Ōsaka Banpaku...

 in Osaka
Osaka
is a city in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu, a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the biggest part of Keihanshin area, which is represented by three major cities of Japan, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe...

. This edition also marked the first time the Games have a television broadcasting
Broadcasting
Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and video content to a dispersed audience via any audio visual medium. Receiving parties may include the general public or a relatively large subset of thereof...

 throughout the world. In 1974
1974 Asian Games
The 7th Asian Games were held from September 1, 1974 to September 16, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. The Aryamehr sports complex was made for the Games. The Asian Games were hosted in the Middle East for the first time...

, the Games formally recognized the participation of China
People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...

, North Korea
North Korea
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea , , is a country in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang. The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea...

 and Mongolia
Mongolia
Mongolia is a landlocked country in East and Central Asia. It is bordered by Russia to the north and China to the south, east and west. Although Mongolia does not share a border with Kazakhstan, its western-most point is only from Kazakhstan's eastern tip. Ulan Bator, the capital and largest...

. Israel was allowed to participate despite the opposition from Arab World
Arab world
The Arab world refers to Arabic-speaking states, territories and populations in North Africa, Western Asia and elsewhere.The standard definition of the Arab world comprises the 22 states and territories of the Arab League stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the...

, while Taiwan was permitted to take part despite its status was abolished in general meeting on November 16, 1973 by Games Federation.

The last is 1978
1978 Asian Games
The 8th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1978 to December 20, 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. And then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan was decided to host the 8th Games...

, Pakistan
Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...

 dropped its plan to host the Games in 1975 due to financial crisis and political issues. Thailand offered to help and the Games were once again held in Bangkok. However once again, like in 1962, Taiwan and Israel were refused the participation by Games Federation, amid political issues and security fears. Several governing bodies protested against the ban, like IAAF, threatened to bar the participating players from 1980 Summer Olympics
1980 Summer Olympics
The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated in Moscow in the Soviet Union. In addition, the yachting events were held in Tallinn, and some of the preliminary matches and the quarter-finals of the football tournament...

, this caused several teams to withdraw prior to the Games.

Following this series of crises, the National Olympic Committee in Asia decided to revise the constitution of the Asian Games Federation. A new association, named the Olympic Council of Asia, was created in November 1981 with the exclusion of Israel. India was already scheduled to host the 1982 Games
1982 Asian Games
The 9th Asian Games were held from November 19, 1982 to December 4, 1982 in Delhi, India.An incredible 74 Asian and Asian Games records were broken. This was also the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia.-Sports:...

 and the OCA decided not to drop the old AGF timetable. The OCA formally supervised the Games starting with the 1986 Asian Games
1986 Asian Games
The 10th Asian Games were held from September 20, 1986 to October 5, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. The city was supposed to host the 1970 games, but it received security threats from neighboring North Korea, forcing it to give up hosting the games to previous 1966 host Bangkok, Thailand...

 in South Korea. In the succeeding Games, Taiwan (Republic of China) was re-admitted, but was forced by the People's Republic of China to compete under the name Chinese Taipei.

In 1994
1994 Asian Games
The 1994 Asian Games also known as XII Asiad were held from October 2 to October 16, 1994 in Hiroshima, Japan. The main theme of this edition was to promote peace and harmony among Asian nations. It was emphasized by the host because the venue was the site of the first atomic bomb attack in...

, the Games were first time included the nations of former Republics of the Soviet Union
Republics of the Soviet Union
The Republics of the Soviet Union or the Union Republics of the Soviet Union were ethnically-based administrative units that were subordinated directly to the Government of the Soviet Union...

 of Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan , officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a transcontinental country in Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Ranked as the ninth largest country in the world, it is also the world's largest landlocked country; its territory of is greater than Western Europe...

, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan , officially the Republic of Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia and one of the six independent Turkic states. It shares borders with Kazakhstan to the west and to the north, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to the east, and Afghanistan and Turkmenistan to the south....

, Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan , formerly also known as Turkmenia is one of the Turkic states in Central Asia. Until 1991, it was a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic . Turkmenistan is one of the six independent Turkic states...

 and Tajikistan
Tajikistan
Tajikistan , officially the Republic of Tajikistan , is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders it to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east....

. Also to note it is the first time that the Games were held outside the capital city
Capital City
Capital City was a television show produced by Euston Films which focused on the lives of investment bankers in London living and working on the corporate trading floor for the fictional international bank Shane-Longman....

 of host country. However, Iraq
National Olympic Committee of Iraq
The National Olympic Committee of Iraq is the National Olympic Committee for Iraq. It was established in 1948 and recognized by the International Olympic Committee that same year. It was officially dissolved in May 2003 by L...

 was suspended from the Games due to Gulf War
Gulf War
The Persian Gulf War , commonly referred to as simply the Gulf War, was a war waged by a U.N.-authorized coalition force from 34 nations led by the United States, against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.The war is also known under other names, such as the First Gulf...

 in 1990, while North Korea
Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Olympic Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the National Olympic Committee representing North Korea.- External links :*...

 boycotted the Games due to relation problems. It is also marred by the death of Nepalese
Demographics of Nepal
The population of Nepal is estimated at 29,391,883 people in July 2011, with a population growth rate of 1.596% and a median age of 21.6 years. Female median age is estimated at 22.5 years, and male median age at 20.7 years...

 delegation Nareshkumar Adhikari during the Games's opening ceremony.
The 1998 Games
1998 Asian Games
The 13th Asian Games were held from December 6 to December 20, 1998 in Bangkok, Thailand. This was the first time that Thailand bid for the event after it shouldered the two postponed hosting rights in 1970 and 1978.-Emblem:...

 marked the fourth time held in Bangkok, Thailand in history. Differ to December 6 as opening ceremony date to previous three occasions on December 9, the Games were closing on same day all time, December 20, while all opened by Bhumibol Adulyadej
Bhumibol Adulyadej
Bhumibol Adulyadej is the current King of Thailand. He is known as Rama IX...

.

Future changes

The number of competition events is scheduled to shrink down to just 35 sports at the 2014
2014 Asian Games
The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, is the largest sporting event in Asia governed by Olympic Council of Asia . It is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from September 19–October 4, 2014, with 36 sports set to feature in the Games.Incheon was awarded the right on...

 Games to be held in Incheon
Incheon
The Incheon Metropolitan City is located in northwestern South Korea. The city was home to just 4,700 people when Jemulpo port was built in 1883. Today 2.76 million people live in the city, making it Korea’s third most populous city after Seoul and Busan Metropolitan City...

, South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

. 2014 will also see the last Games hosted in even-numbered year, as the Olympic Council of Asia pushed the subsequent Games to just one year ahead of the Olympic Games. This means the 18th Asian Games which were originally planned for 2018 will be pushed to 2019
2019 Asian Games
The 2019 Asian Games is the largest multi sporting event in Asia and is governed by Olympic Council of Asia , it is the 18th Games to be contested. Originally, the Games were scheduled for 2018...

.

Participation

All 45 members affiliated to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) are eligible to take part in the Games. In history, 46 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have sent competitors to the Games. Israel
Olympic Committee of Israel
The Olympic Committee of Israel is the recognized National Olympic Committee of Israel, and the governing body of Olympic sports in Israel...

 has been excluded from the Games since 1976, the reason cited as being due to security reasons. Israel requested to participate in the 1982 Games, but the request was rejected by the organisers due to incident in 1972 Summer Olympics
Munich massacre
The Munich massacre is an informal name for events that occurred during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Bavaria in southern West Germany, when members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian group Black September. Members of Black September...

. Israel is now a member of the European Olympic Committees
European Olympic Committees
The European Olympic Committees is an organization based in Rome, Italy. Its European membership consists of 49 National Olympic Committees.- Member countries :...

 (EOC).

Due to its continuing ambiguous political status, Taiwan
Taiwan
Taiwan , also known, especially in the past, as Formosa , is the largest island of the same-named island group of East Asia in the western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. The island forms over 99% of the current territory of the Republic of China following...

 has participated in the Games under the flag of Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Taipei is the designated name used by the Republic of China , commonly known as Taiwan, to participate in some international organizations and almost all sporting events, such as the Olympics, Paralympics, Asian Games and Asian Para Games...

 since 1990. Macau is allowed to compete as one of the NOCs in Asian Games, despite not being recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for participation in the Olympic Games
Olympic Games
The Olympic Games is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games have come to be regarded as the world’s foremost sports competition where more than 200 nations participate...

.

In 2007, the President of OCA, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is a Kuwaiti politician and current president of Olympic Council of Asia and also a member of the International Olympic Committee. Al-Sabah was educated at Kuwait University and the Kuwait Military Academy, and attained the rank of major in the Kuwaiti Army...

, rejected the proposal to allow Australia
Australian Olympic Committee
The Australian Olympic Committee is the National Olympic Committee in Australia for the Olympic Games movement. It is a non-profit organisation that selects teams, and raises funds to send Australian competitors to Olympic events organised by the International Olympic Committee .-Background:The...

 to participate in the Games. He stated that while Australia would add good value to the Asian Games, it would be unfair to the other NOCs in Oceania
Oceania
Oceania is a region centered on the islands of the tropical Pacific Ocean. Conceptions of what constitutes Oceania range from the coral atolls and volcanic islands of the South Pacific to the entire insular region between Asia and the Americas, including Australasia and the Malay Archipelago...

.

Only seven countries, namely India
India at the Asian Games
India first competed at the Asian Games in 1951. India has sent athletes to every celebration of the Asian Games. The Indian Olympic Association is the National Olympic Committee for the India.- Medals by Asian Games :-Medals by Asian Indoor Games:...

, Indonesia
Indonesia at the Asian Games
- Medals by Games :-Medals by Sports:- Archery :- Badminton :- Beach Volleyball :- Cycling :- Dragon Boat :- Tennis :- Volleyball :- Weightlifting :- Wushu :...

, Japan
Japan at the Asian Games
- Medals by Asian Games :...

, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore
Singapore at the Asian Games
Singapore has competed in all editions of the Asian Games since it was first held in 1951, one of only seven countries to do so.-Overall medal tally:With 154 medals, Singapore is currently fiftheen in the all-time tally of medals.-References:*...

 and Thailand
Thailand at the Asian Games
Thailand has competed at every celebration of the Asian Games, including hosting the Games in 1966, 1970, 1978 and 1998. Thai athletes have won a total of 109 gold medals and 463 overall medals at the Asian Games....

 have competed in all editions of the games.

Sports

44 sports were presented in Asian Games history, including 2010 Games
2010 Asian Games
The 2010 Asian Games, also known as the XVI Asiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to November 27, 2010. Guangzhou was the second Chinese city to host the Games, after Beijing in 1990...

 in Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Guangzhou , known historically as Canton or Kwangchow, is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. Located in southern China on the Pearl River, about north-northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port...

.
Sport Years
Aquatics since 1951
Archery
Archery at the Asian Games
Archery has been an event at the Asian Games since 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand.- Men :- Women :-Individual:-Team:-Individual 30m:-Individual 50m:-Individual 70m:-Individual 90m:-Individual:-Team:-Individual 30m:-Individual 50m:...

since 1978
Athletics
Athletics at the Asian Games
Athletics is an Asian Games event since 1951 in New Delhi, India.-Asian Games:- Men :- Women :-See also:*International athletics championships and games*List of Asian Games records in athletics-External links:*...

since 1951
Badminton
Badminton at the Asian Games
Badminton is one of the regular Asian Games sports since 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia.-History:Badminton made its debut in the Asian Games as a demonstration sport at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo, Japan, and became a regular competitive sport in 1962. In the 1962 Games, six events were held, with...

since 1962
Baseball
Baseball at the Asian Games
Baseball has been an event at the Asian Games, since the Games in Hiroshima, Japan in 1994.-Medal table:-Medalists:-External links:*...

since 1994
Basketball
Basketball at the Asian Games
Basketball is an Asian Games sport since the 1951 edition. The Asian Games tournaments were the de facto Asian championships until the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship was founded in 1960.-Summaries:-Per nation:-Summaries:...

since 1951
Board games
Board games at the Asian Games
Board games are Asian Games sports since the 2006 edition.-Chess:-Weiqi:-Xiangqi:-Medal table:-Chess:-Weiqi:-Xiangqi:-Men's individual rapid:-Men's team classical:-Women's individual rapid:-Women's team classical:...

since 2006
Bodybuilding
Bodybuilding at the Asian Games
Bodybuilding was an Asian Games event from 2002 to 2006. However, bodybuilding will no longer be an event at the Games because of the judging controversy during the 2006 Asian Games.-Events:-Medal table:-Participating nations:-60 kg:-65 kg:...

2002–2006
Bowling
Bowling at the Asian Games
Bowling events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1978 Asian Games in Bangkok. After not being included in 1982 and 1990.-Singles:-Doubles:-Trios:-5er teams:-All-Events:-Masters:-Match play:-Singles:-Doubles:-Trios:...

1978, 1986, since 1994
Boxing
Boxing at the Asian Games
Boxing has been contested at every Asian Games since its introduction to the program at the 1954 Asian Games.- Current events :* -48 kg* -51 kg* -54 kg* -57 kg* -60 kg* -64 kg* -69 kg* -75 kg* -81 kg...

since 1954
Canoeing
Canoeing at the Asian Games
Canoeing events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1990 Asian Games in Beijing.-Medal table:-C1 200 m:-C1 500 m:-C1 1000 m:-C2 500 m:-C2 1000 m:-K1 200 m:-K1 500 m:-K1 1000 m:-K2 200 m:-K2 500 m:-K2 1000 m:...

since 1986
Cricket
Cricket at the Asian Games
The team sport of Cricket became a medal sport at the 2010 Asian Games. The last time cricket featured in a major multi-sport event was at the 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The gold medal was won on that occasion by South Africa, who defeated Australia by 4 wickets in the...

2010
Cue sports
Cue sports at the Asian Games
Cue sports events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.-Men:-Women:-3 Cushion:-English billiards singles:-English billiards teams:-Nine ball individual:-Eight ball individual:-Snooker individual:...

since 1998
Cycling
Cycling at the Asian Games
Cycling events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1951 Asian Games in New Delhi. It was not included in 1954.-Editions:...

1951, since 1958
Dancesport 2010
Dragon boat
Dragon boat at the Asian Games
Dragon boat is an Asian Games sport since the 2010 edition.-Events:-Medal table:-Participating nations:-Men's 250 m:-Men's 500 m:-Men's 1000 m:-Women's 250 m:-Women's 500 m:-Women's 1000 m:...

2010
Equestrian
Equestrian at the Asian Games
Equestrian has been an Asian Games event since 1982 in New Delhi, India.-Medal table:-Individual:-Team:-Individual:-Team:-Individual:-Team:-Individual:-Team:-Individual:-External links:*...

1982–1986, since 1994
Fencing
Fencing at the Asian Games
Fencing events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1974 Asian Games in Tehran. It was not included in 1982.-Individual épée:-Team épée:-Individual foil:-Team foil:-Individual sabre:-Team foil:- References :*...

1974–1978, since 1986
Football
Football at the Asian Games
Men's Association football is an Asian Games sport since the 1951 edition. Women's football competition began in 1990.Since the 2002 Asian Games, age limit for men teams is under-23 plus up to three over aged players for each squad, same as the age limit in football competitions at the Summer...

since 1951
Golf
Golf at the Asian Games
Golf was an event at the Asian Games for the first time in 1982, when the games were held in New Delhi, India.-Medal table:-Individual:-Team:-Individual:-Team:-External links:*...

since 1982
Gymnastics
Gymnastics at the Asian Games
Gymnastics events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1974 Asian Games in Tehran.- Men :- Women :- References :*...

since 1974
Handball
Handball at the Asian Games
Handball has been an Asian Games event since 1982 in New Delhi, India.-Men:-Women:-Medal table:-Men:-Women:-External links:*...

since 1982
Sport Years
Hockey
Hockey at the Asian Games
Field hockey is an Asian Games event since 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. Women's competition only held since 1982 in New Delhi, India.-Summaries:-Medalists:-Summaries:-Medalists:-Footnotes:...

since 1958
Judo
Judo at the Asian Games
Judo is an event at the Asian Games since 1986 in Seoul, South Korea.- List Tournaments :-Medal table:-External links:*...

since 1986
Kabaddi
Kabaddi at the Asian Games
Kabaddi is an Asian Games event since 1990 in Beijing, China.-Medal table:-Men:-Women:-External links:*...

since 1990
Karate
Karate at the Asian Games
Karate is an Asian Games event first held at the 1994 in Hiroshima, Japan.-Medal table:--55kg:--60kg:--65kg:--67kg:--70kg:--75kg:--80kg:--84kg:-+75kg:-+80kg:-+84kg:-Individual:--48kg:--50kg:--53kg:--55kg:...

since 1994
Modern pentathlon
Modern pentathlon at the Asian Games
Modern pentathlon is an Asian Games event first held at the 1994 in Hiroshima, Japan.-Medal table:-Individual:-Team:-Relay:-Individual:-Team:-Relay:...

1994, 2002, 2010
Roller sports
Roller sports at the Asian Games
Roller sports had been included in the Asian Games only once the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.- Artistic :- Speed :-Medal table:-Participating nations:-Men's single free:-Women's single free:-Pairs:-Men's 300 m time trial:...

2010
Rowing since 1982
Rugby union since 1998
Sailing 1970, since 1978
Sepaktakraw
Sepaktakraw at the Asian Games
Sepaktakraw has been included in the Asian Games since the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing, China.-Events:-Medal table:-Participating nations:-Circle:-Double regu:-Regu:-Team:-Circle:-Double regu:-Regu:-Team:-External links:*...

since 1990
Shooting since 1954
Softball
Softball at the Asian Games
Softball has been an event at the Asian Games since 1990 in Beijing, China.-Medal table:-Medalists:: Silver medal shared-External links:*...

since 1990
Soft tennis
Soft tennis at the Asian Games
Soft tennis is an Asian Games sport since the 1994 edition.-Medal table:-Singles:-Doubles:-Team:-Singles:-Doubles:-Team:-Doubles:-External links:*...

since 1990
Squash
Squash at the Asian Games
Squash is an Asian Games sport since the 1998 edition.-Events:-Medal table:-Participating nations:-Men's singles:-Men's team:-Women's singles:-Women's team:-External links:*...

since 1998
Table tennis
Table tennis at the Asian Games
Table tennis has been contested at the Asian Games since 1958 except the sports was excluded from the program in 1970, with singles and doubles events for both men and women.-Events:-Medal table:-Men's Singles:-Men's Doubles:-Men's Team:...

1958–1966, since 1974
Taekwondo
Taekwondo at the Asian Games
Taekwondo events have been contested at every Asian Games since 1986 Games in Seoul, South Korea.- Editions :-Medal table:- External links :*...

1986, since 1994
Tennis
Tennis at the Asian Games
Tennis is part of the Asian Games program. It has been played at each edition of the games since 1958, with the exception of 1970. Men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles have been contested each time...

1958–1966, since 1974
Triathlon
Triathlon at the Asian Games
Triathlon has been an event at the Asian Games since 2006 in Doha, Qatar.-Events:-Medal table:-Participating nations:-Men's individual:-Women's individual:-External links:*...

since 2006
Volleyball
Volleyball at the Asian Games
Volleyball for men is played at the Asian Games since 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. Women event is played since 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia.-Men:-Women:-Men:-Women:-Men:-Women:...

since 1958
Weightlifting
Weightlifting at the Asian Games
Weightlifting has been an event at the Asian Games since 1951 in New Delhi.-Men's events:1951–1954*Bantamweight -56kg*Featherweight 56-60kg*Lightweight 60-67.5kg*Middleweight 67.5-75kg*Light-heavyweight 75-82.5kg*Middle-heavyweight 82.5-90kg...

1951–1958, since 1966
Wrestling
Wrestling at the Asian Games
Wrestling has been an event at the Asian Games since 1954 in Manila, Philippines.-Men's events:1954* 52 kg * 57 kg * 62 kg * 67 kg * 73 kg * 79 kg * +79 kg 1958* 52 kg * 57 kg * 62 kg * 67 kg * 73 kg...

since 1954
Wushu
Wushu at the Asian Games
Wushu has been contested at the Asian Games since 1990 in Beijing, China.-Medal table:--52 kg:--56 kg:--60 kg:--65 kg:--70 kg:--75 kg:-Changquan:* Changquan, Daoshu and Gunshu -Nanquan:* Nanquan...

since 1990

Medal count

Of the 46 National Olympic Committees participating throughout the history of the Games, 43 nations have won at least a single medal in the competition, leaving three nations: Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste yet to win a single medal. 34 nations have won at least a single gold medal, while Japan
Japan at the Asian Games
- Medals by Asian Games :...

 and China
China at the Asian Games
The People's Republic of China first competed at the Asian Games in 1974, in Tehran.China has led the gold medal count in each Asian Games since 1982.- Medals by Asian Games :-Medals by Asian Winter Games:-Medals by East Asian Games:...

 became the only two nations in history to emerge as overall champions.

Samsung MVP award

Samsung
Samsung Group
The Samsung Group is a South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul, South Korea...

 introduced the Most Valuable Player
Most Valuable Player
In sports, a Most Valuable Player award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests...

 (MVP) award in Asian Games since 1998 Games in Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

. Below is the list of winners:
  • 1998:   Koji Ito
    Koji Ito
    is a retired Japanese track and field sprinter. He is a former Asian record holder in the 100 metres and 200 metres, and still holds the indoor record as well as the 4×400 metres relay record....

  • 2002:   Kosuke Kitajima
    Kosuke Kitajima
    is a Japanese multiple Olympic gold medalist breaststroke swimmer. He won gold medals for the men's 100 m and 200 m breaststroke at both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics.-Major achievements:...

  • 2006:   Park Tae-Hwan
    Park Tae-hwan
    Park Tae-hwan is a South Korean swimmer. He is a member of the South Korean national swimming team, based in Taereung, Seoul. He won a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and a silver in the 200 meter freestyle events at the 2008 Summer Olympics...

  • 2010:   Lin Dan
    Lin Dan
    Lin Dan is a professional badminton player from China. He is a four-time world champion and the reigning Olympic champion. Widely considered to be the greatest badminton player of all time, by the age of 27 Lin had completed the "Super Grand Slam", having won all major titles in world badminton:...


List of Asian Games

Year Games Host Dates Nations Athletes Sports Events Ref
1951
I
1951 Asian Games
The 1951 Asian Games, officially known as the First Asian Games, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Delhi, India from 4 to 11 March 1951. The Games received names like First Asiad and 1951 Asiad by the president of the organising committee Anthony de Mello...

  New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital city of India. It serves as the centre of the Government of India and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi. It is one of the nine districts of Delhi Union Territory. The total area of the city is...

, India
India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

March 4–11 11 489 6 57
1954
II
1954 Asian Games
The 1954 Asian Games was a mult-sport event celebrated in Manila, Philippines from May 1 to May 9, 1954. A total of 970 athletes from 19 Asian National Olympic Committees competed in 76 events from eight sports...

  Manila
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

May 1–9 19 970 8 76
1958
III
1958 Asian Games
The 3rd Asian Games were held from May 24 to June 1, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. A total number of 1,820 athletes, coming from 16 countries, competed in thirteen events at this Asiad. Debuting sports were field hockey, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball. Tokyo would go on to host the 1964 Summer...

  Tokyo
Tokyo
, ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

May 28–June 1 16 1,820 13 97
1962
IV
1962 Asian Games
The 4th Asian Games were held from August 24, 1962 to September 4, 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most notable is the exclusion of Israel and the Republic of China from the Games....

  Jakarta
Jakarta
Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Officially known as the Special Capital Territory of Jakarta, it is located on the northwest coast of Java, has an area of , and a population of 9,580,000. Jakarta is the country's economic, cultural and political centre...

, Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

August 24–September 4 12 1,460 13 88
1966
V
1966 Asian Games
The 1966 Asian Games, also known as the V Asiad, is a multi-sport event which held from December 9, 1966 to December 20, 1966 in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of 142 events in 14 sports will be contested by athletes in the game. Taiwan and Israel returned to the Asian Games, reversing the decision...

  Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

December 9–20 16 1,945 14 143
1970
VI
1970 Asian Games
The 6th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1970 to December 20, 1970 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally Seoul, South Korea was selected to host the 6th Games but it declined due to both financial reasons and security threats from neighboring North Korea. Previous host Thailand stepped in to save...

  Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

August 24–September 4 16 2,400 13 135
1974
VII
1974 Asian Games
The 7th Asian Games were held from September 1, 1974 to September 16, 1974 in Tehran, Iran. The Aryamehr sports complex was made for the Games. The Asian Games were hosted in the Middle East for the first time...

  Tehran
Tehran
Tehran , sometimes spelled Teheran, is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With an estimated population of 8,429,807; it is also Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Western Asia, and is the world's 19th largest city.In the 20th century, Tehran was subject to...

, Iran
Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

September 1–16 19 3,010 16 202
1978
VIII
1978 Asian Games
The 8th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1978 to December 20, 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. And then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan was decided to host the 8th Games...

  Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

December 9–20 19 3,842 19 201
1982
IX
1982 Asian Games
The 9th Asian Games were held from November 19, 1982 to December 4, 1982 in Delhi, India.An incredible 74 Asian and Asian Games records were broken. This was also the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia.-Sports:...

  New Delhi
New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital city of India. It serves as the centre of the Government of India and the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi. It is one of the nine districts of Delhi Union Territory. The total area of the city is...

, India
India
India , officially the Republic of India , is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world...

November 19–December 4 23 3,411 21 147
1986
X
1986 Asian Games
The 10th Asian Games were held from September 20, 1986 to October 5, 1986 in Seoul, South Korea. The city was supposed to host the 1970 games, but it received security threats from neighboring North Korea, forcing it to give up hosting the games to previous 1966 host Bangkok, Thailand...

  Seoul
Seoul
Seoul , officially the Seoul Special City, is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of over 10 million, it is the largest city proper in the OECD developed world...

, South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

September 20–October 5 27 4,839 25 270
1990
XI
1990 Asian Games
The 11th Asian Games also known as XI Asiad were held from September 22, 1990 to October 7, 1990 in Beijing, China. It was the first large-scale international sports event to be held in the People's Republic of China. A total number of 6,122 athletes, coming from 37 countries, competed in 29 sports...

  Beijing
Beijing
Beijing , also known as Peking , is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of 19,612,368 as of 2010. The city is the country's political, cultural, and educational center, and home to the headquarters for most of China's...

, China
People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...

September 22–October 7 36 6,122 29 310
1994
XII
1994 Asian Games
The 1994 Asian Games also known as XII Asiad were held from October 2 to October 16, 1994 in Hiroshima, Japan. The main theme of this edition was to promote peace and harmony among Asian nations. It was emphasized by the host because the venue was the site of the first atomic bomb attack in...

  Hiroshima
Hiroshima
is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, and the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu, the largest island of Japan. It became best known as the first city in history to be destroyed by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces dropped an atomic bomb on it at 8:15 A.M...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

October 2–16 42 6,828 34 337
1998
XIII
1998 Asian Games
The 13th Asian Games were held from December 6 to December 20, 1998 in Bangkok, Thailand. This was the first time that Thailand bid for the event after it shouldered the two postponed hosting rights in 1970 and 1978.-Emblem:...

  Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

December 6–20 41 6,554 36 376
2002
XIV
2002 Asian Games
The 2002 Asian Games, also known as XIV Asiad is a multi-sport event held in Busan, South Korea from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Busan is the second city, after Seoul in 1986 to host the Games. A total of 419 events in 38 sports were contested by 7,711 athletes from 44 countries...

  Busan
Busan
Busan , formerly spelled Pusan is South Korea's second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of around 3.6 million. The Metropolitan area population is 4,399,515 as of 2010. It is the largest port city in South Korea and the fifth largest port in the world...

, South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

September 29–October 14 44 7,711 38 419
2006
XV
2006 Asian Games
The 15th Asian Games, officially known as the XV Asiad, is Asia's Olympic-style sporting event that was held in Doha, Qatar from December 1 to December 15, 2006. Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia to host the games...

  Doha
Doha
Doha is the capital city of the state of Qatar. Located on the Persian Gulf, it had a population of 998,651 in 2008, and is also one of the municipalities of Qatar...

, Qatar
Qatar
Qatar , also known as the State of Qatar or locally Dawlat Qaṭar, is a sovereign Arab state, located in the Middle East, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its...

December 1–15 45 9,520 39 424
2010
XVI
2010 Asian Games
The 2010 Asian Games, also known as the XVI Asiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Guangzhou, China from November 12 to November 27, 2010. Guangzhou was the second Chinese city to host the Games, after Beijing in 1990...

  Guangzhou
Guangzhou
Guangzhou , known historically as Canton or Kwangchow, is the capital and largest city of the Guangdong province in the People's Republic of China. Located in southern China on the Pearl River, about north-northwest of Hong Kong, Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port...

, China
People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...

November 12–27 45 9,704 42 476
2014
XVII
2014 Asian Games
The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, is the largest sporting event in Asia governed by Olympic Council of Asia . It is scheduled to take place in Incheon, South Korea from September 19–October 4, 2014, with 36 sports set to feature in the Games.Incheon was awarded the right on...

  Incheon
Incheon
The Incheon Metropolitan City is located in northwestern South Korea. The city was home to just 4,700 people when Jemulpo port was built in 1883. Today 2.76 million people live in the city, making it Korea’s third most populous city after Seoul and Busan Metropolitan City...

, South Korea
South Korea
The Republic of Korea , , is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea and Republic of China to the south...

September 19–October 4 Future event
2019
XVIII
2019 Asian Games
The 2019 Asian Games is the largest multi sporting event in Asia and is governed by Olympic Council of Asia , it is the 18th Games to be contested. Originally, the Games were scheduled for 2018...

Future event
2023
XIX
Future event

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