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History of Asian games

What is ‘Asian Games’?

The Asian Games are a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The event is organized by the Olympic Council of Asia, and is considered the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.

The first Asian Games were held in New Delhi, India in 1951, and since then have been held every four years in various cities around Asia. The most recent Asian Games were held in Hangzhou, China in 2022.

Asian Games, regional games sponsored by the Olympic Council of Asia for men and women athletes from Asian countries affiliated with the International Olympic Committee.

The first games were held in 1951 at New Delhi; from 1954 they were held every four years. Athletes from 11 nations participated in the inaugural games, which featured six sports (association football, athletics, basketball, cycling, swimming, and weight lifting). Forty-one nations were represented in the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, South Korea, where events in 38 sports were contested.

History of Asian Games

In previous Asian Games history, Asian Games was played following place and year. here is full list of Asian Games.

  1. First Asian Games – New Delhi, India (1951)
  2. Second Asian Games – Manila, Philippines (1954)
  3. Third Asian Games – Tokyo, Japan (1958)
  4. Fourth Asian Games – Jakarta, Indonesia (1962)
  5. Fifth Asian Games – Bangkok, Thailand (1966)
  6. Sixth Asian Games – Bangkok, Thailand (1970)
  7. Seventh Asian Games – Tehran, Iran (1974)
  8. Eighth Asian Games – Bangkok, Thailand (1978)
  9. Ninth Asian Games – New Delhi, India (1982)
  10. Tenth Asian Games – Seoul, South Korea (1986)
  11. Eleventh Asian Games – Beijing, China (1990)
  12. Twelfth Asian Games – Hiroshima, Japan (1994)
  13. Thirteenth Asian Games – Bangkok, Thailand (1998)
  14. Fourteenth Asian Games – Busan, South Korea (2002)
  15. Fifteenth Asian Games – Doha, Qatar (2006)
  16. Sixteenth Asian Games – Guangzhou, China (2010)
  17. Seventeenth Asian Games – Incheon, South Korea (2014)
  18. Eighteenth Asian Games – Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia (2018)
  19. Nineteenth Asian Games – Hangzhou, China (2022)

All Time Asian Games Medal Tally, Medal Table, Results Tally & Medal List

Which country is the most successful at the Asian Games? Here are the top-ranked countries in terms of total medals won when all of the Asian Games are considered. The first table lists the top countries based on the total medals won.

Below is the all time medal table for Summer Asian Games from 1951 to 2018. This does not include the medals won at the Asian Winter Games and other events hosted by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

All time Asian Games Medal Count:

  • 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.
  • 38 nations have won at least one gold medal (only Japan and India have done so at every Asian Games)
  • Japan and China became the only two nations in history to emerge as overall champions.

1# China (CHN)14739947203187
2# Japan (JPN)103210379853054
3# South Korea (KOR)7456638272235
4# Iran (IRI)179181197557
5# India (IND)155201316672
6# Kazakhstan (KAZ)155158244557
7# Thailand (THA)132175279586
8# North Korea (PRK)110144179433
9# Chinese Taipei (TPE)99144276519
10# Indonesia (INA)91120235446
Totals (10 entries)41713817425812246

Most Valuable Player Award of Asian Games

Rikako Ikee, a young Japanese swimmer, was declared the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Indonesia Asian Games after winning six gold and two silver medals. She was awarded a prize of $50,000.

The most valuable player (MVP) award was introduced since 1998 Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Below is the list of winners:

1998Koji ItoJapanAthletics
2002Kosuke KitajimaJapanSwimming
2006Park Tae-hwanSouth KoreaSwimming
2010Lin DanChinaBadminton
2014Kosuke HaginoJapanSwimming
2018Rikako IkeeJapanSwimming


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