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The History of the Asian Games-Asiad

Updated on November 1, 2010

HISTORY OF THE ASIAN GAMES – 1912 TO 1934

First held in 1951, in Delhi India, the idea of the Asian Games is older than the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games as the idea originate from 1912 gathering known as the Far East Games, with competing athletes coming from China, Japan then known as Empire Japan and Philippine. The first Far East games were held in Manila Philippines in 1913. By 1934 ten such events were held and they were to be disrupted because of a looming war between China and Japan; the second Sino-Japan War of 1934. This war was to be fought from July 1937 to September 1945 and it became part of the Second World War.  China withdrew from the 1934 Games due to insistence of inclusion of Manchu Empire in the Games. The Games were disrupted in 1938 because of the looming Second World War and China and Japan War (second Sino-Japanese War). Besides the war, the games lacked backing and inclusion of some of the Asian Countries because in 1934, another sports gathering  known as the West Asian Games was held in New Delhi India with competing athletes coming from India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Afghanistan and Pakistan, but with war coming, the 1938 Games never took place too.

THE EDITONS, HOST NATIONS AND NUMBER OF SPORTS FOR THE ASIAN GAMES SINCE 1951

Edition
Year
Dates
Host
Participating Nations
Number of Sports
1st
1951
From March 4 to March 11
New Delhi, India
11
6
2nd
1954
From May 1 to May 9
Manila, Philippines
19
8
3rd
1958
From May 28 to June 1
Tokyo, Japan
16
13
4th
1962
From August 24 to September 4
Jakarta, Indonesia
12
13
5th
1966
From December 9 to December 20
Bangkok, Thailand
16
14
6th
1970
From August 24 to September 4
Bangkok, Thailand
16
13
7th
1974
From September 1 to September 16
Tehran, Iran
19
16
8th
1978
From December 9 to December 20
Bangkok, Thailand
19
19
9th
1982
From November 19 to December 4
New Delhi, India
23
21
10th
1986
From September 20 to October 5
Seoul, South Korea
22
25
11th
1990
From September 22 to October 7
Beijing, China
36
29
12th
1994
From October 2 to October 16
Hiroshima, Japan
42
34
13th
1998
From December 6 to December 20
Bangkok, Thailand
41
36
14th
2002
From September 29 to October 14
Busan, South Korea
44
38
15th
2006
From December 1 to December 15
Doha, Qatar
45
39
16th
2010
From November 12 November 27
Guangzhou, China
 
42
17th
2014
From September 19 to October 4
Incheon, South Korea
To be known then
To be known then

THE 2006 ASIAN GAMES (XV ASIAD)

The 2006 Asian Games were held in Doha Qatar from December 1st to December 15th, 2006. The XV Asiad as the 2006 Asian Games are formally known was the first Asian Games to have all the 45 members of the Olympic Council of Asia competing in 39 sports. It was also the first Asian Games which was broadcasted in Europe by Eurosport.  The 2006 Asian Games were opened by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of the state of Qatar in the Khalifa International Stadium; a multipurpose stadium in Doha on the 1st of December. However despite the success, the 2006 Asian Games witnessed a tragedy when Kim Hyung-chil;  a South Korean equestrian rider fell off his horse and died due to rain. 13,000 athletes participated in the XV Asiad, competing to win 1393 medals. China led the medal haul with a total of 316 medals while host of the 2006 Asian Games; Qatar was number 10 with a total of 32 medals.

Below is the medal table and winning nations of the 2006 Asian Games.

2006 ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TABLE

Country (Team)
Position
Number of Medals
  Gold
Silver 
Bronze
 China 
1
316
166
87
63
 South Korea
2
193
58
53
82
 Japan 
3
198
50
71
77
 Kazakhstan 
4
85
23
20
42
 Thailand 
5
54
13
15
26
 Iran 
6
48
11
15
22
 Uzbekistan 
7
40
11
14
15
 India 
8
53
10
17
26
 Qatar 
9
32
9
12
11
 Chinese Taipei 
10
46
9
10
27
 Malaysia
11
42
8
17
17
 Singapore 
12
27
8
7
12
 Saudi Arabia 
13
14
8
0
6
 Bahrain 
14
20
7
9
4
 Hong Kong
15
29
6
12
11
 North Korea 
16
31
6
9
16
 Kuwait 
17
13
6
5
2
 Philippines 
18
19
4
6
9
 Vietnam 
19
23
3
13
7
 United Arab Emirates 
20
10
3
4
3
 Mongolia 
21
15
2
5
8
 Indonesia 
22
20
2
4
14
 Syria 
23
6
2
2
2
 Tajikistan 
24
4
2
0
2
 Jordan 
25
8
1
3
4
 Lebanon
26
3
1
0
2
 Myanmar 
27
11
0
4
7
 Kyrgyzstan 
28
8
0
2
6
 Iraq 
29
3
0
2
1
 Macau 
30
7
0
1
6
 Pakistan 
31
4
0
1
3
 Sri Lanka 
32
3
0
1
2
 Laos 
33
1
0
1
0
 Turkmenistan 
 
1
0
1
0
 Nepal 
35
3
0
0
3
 Afghanistan 
36
1
0
0
1
 Bangladesh 
 
1
0
0
1
 Yemen 
 
1
0
0
1
TOTAL
 
1393
428
423
542

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