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Asian Games: A Brief History of the World’s Second Largest Multi-sport Event

From New Delhi 1951 – and beyond

The following year, 1949, the Asian Games Association was inaugurated New Delhi where the first Asian Games took place in 1951.

The second performance took place three years later ManilaPhilippines, with the subsequent games taking place every four years (less) to date Hangzhou, which was postponed by a year due to the global pandemic). Nine countries hosted the Asian Games, considered the second largest multi-sport competition in the world after the Asian Games Olympic games.

In 1981 the Asian Games Federation was renamed to Olympic Council of Asia to strengthen his connection with the International Olympic Committeewhich moved its base from India to Kuwait where it is currently located.

What began more than seven decades ago in New Delhi with six sports and 57 events involving 11 countries has grown into a mammoth game that will feature 40 sports, 481 events and 41 countries on September 23 in Hangzhou will (Saturday) and ends on October 8th.

Only seven countries – India, Indonesia, Japanthe Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore And Thailand – have appeared with every edition of the games.

The next and 20th games in 2026 will be played in Japan Aichi Nagoya (September 19 – October 4), followed by a breakthrough in the Middle East Doha in 2030 and Riyadh in 2034.

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