Asian Games: A brief history

Context: India topped the medals table in four sports in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou

About Asian Games

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  • Also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event held every fourth year among athletes from all over Asia. 
  • Motto is Ever Onward
  • Since 1982, it has been regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), earlier it was by Asian Games Federation (AGF).
  • Recognised by the International Olympic Committee and is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.
  • 1st edition: 1951 Asian Games in New Delhi
  • 19th edition: 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China
  • 20th edition: 2026 Asian Games in Nagoya, Japan
  • India is a founder member of Asian Games.
  • India is one of the seven countries to have participated in all the editions of the Asian Games.
  • Israel has not taken part in the Asian Games since 1974. 
  • China topped the list with 383,followed by Japan.
  • Breakdance popularly known as ‘breaking’, the sport makes its Asian Games debut this year. 

India at Asian Games

  • India’s campaign at the 19th Asian Games ended with 28 gold, 38 silver and 41 bronze to a total of 107 medals. This is the best-ever performance of the Indian contingent at the continental event.
  • India also managed to top the medal table in four different events at this edition of the Asiad- archery, cricket, kabaddi and hockey.
  • India made its cricket debut at this edition of the Asian Games.

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