The largest multi-sport event on the Asian continent.
The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games. Since the 1982 Games, they have been organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation. The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
In its history, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games. Forty-six nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974.
The most recent games was held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia from 18 August to 2 September 2018. The next games are scheduled to Hangzhou, China between 10 and 25 September 2022. Since 2010, host cities are contracted to manage both the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games, in which athletes with physical disabilities compete with one another. The Asian Para Games are held immediately following the Asian Games.
The Far Eastern Championship Games
(also known as Far East Games
) was a small Asian multi-sport competition considered to be a precursor to the Asian Games
. In 1912, E.S. Brown, president of the Philippine Athletic Association and Manila Carnival Games, proposed the creation of the "Far Eastern Olympic Games
" to China
. The first Far Eastern Championship Games was held in the Carnival Grounds in Manila
on February 4, 1913. Six countries participated in the eight day event: The Philippine Islands
, Republic of China
, Empire of Japan
, British East Indies
(Malaysia), Kingdom of Thailand
and British crown colony Hong Kong
. In 1915, the name changed to Far Eastern Championship Games and the governing association to Far Eastern Athletic Association when the event was held in Shanghai
Vijender Singh Beniwal
(born October 29, 1985) is an Olympic Medalist Indian boxer
from Kalwas, Bhiwani district
. Vijender practiced boxing at the Bhiwani Boxing Club
where coach Jagdish Singh
recognized his talent and encouraged him to take to professional boxing.
Vijender went on to compete at the sub-junior nationals where he won a silver medal for two years in succession. Having won medals in different competitions at the national level, Vijender was picked to train and compete at several international level competitions such as the 2004 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. At the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, he won the bronze medal after losing the semifinal bout against Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Artayev, and in 2010 Asian Games won a gold of middleweight after defeating Uzbek boxer Abbos Atoev in final. At the 2008 Olympics, he defeated Carlos Góngora of Ecuador 9–4 in the quarterfinals which guaranteed him a bronze medal—the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer.
After this historic win, Vijender was given a number of awards, including the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award—India's highest sporting honour. In 2009, he participated at the World Amateur Boxing Championships where he won the bronze medal. In the same year, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced Vijender as the top-ranked boxer in its annual middleweight category list with 2800 points. He is credited for bringing back the sport of boxing into the limelight in India.
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The 2014 Asian Games
was an Asian multi-sport
event celebrated in Incheon
, South Korea
. This was the third time South Korea hosted the Asian Games, and its' first time since 2002. Previously, it had also hosted the 1986 edition of the games.
Incheon was awarded the right on 17 April 2007, defeating Delhi, India to host the Games and was the third city in South Korea after Seoul (1986) and Busan (2002) to host the Asian Games. The games was held from 19 September to 4 October 2014, although several events had commenced from 14 September 2014. Around 9,501 athletes participated in the games which featured 439 events in 36 sports. It was opened by the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.
The final medal tally was led by China, followed by host South Korea and Japan, while Cambodia won its' first ever Asian Games gold medal. 14 World and 27 Asian records were broken during the Games. Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Games. Though there were several controversies, the Games were deemed generally successful with its low hosting cost and with the rising standard of competition amongst the Asian nations.
Asian Games countdown
|Asian Beach Games
||Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games
||Asian Youth Games
|East Asian Youth Games
||South Asian Games
||Southeast Asian Games