The Asian Games is a multi-disciplinary sports event held once in every four years. Athletes from all Asian countries are welcomed to participate in this event. The Asian Games is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.
Before the Asian Games, the Far Eastern Championship Games were held. After the Second World War, many Asian countries gained independence and Guru Dutt Sondhi, a member of the Indian International Olympic Committee, proposed the idea of Asian Games as a sporting event, where all Asian nations can be represented. The first-ever Asian Games were held in New Delhi
in 1951. Asian Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation from 1951 to 1978. Since 1982, Olympic Council of Asia now regulates the Asian Games. The symbol for Asian Games is rising sun with interlocking rings. Nine nations haves hosted the Asian Games so far and 46 nations have participated in the games. Israel
has not taken part in Asian Games since 1974. 44 sports have been included in the Asian Games history. India
is a founder member of Asian Games and also the host of the first Asian Games. 1982 Asian Games were also held in New Delhi. India is one of the seven countries to have participated in all the editions of the Asian Games. India along with Japan
is the only country to have won at-least one gold medal in every event of Asian Games. India has always ranked in the top 10 in the medals tally in Asian Games, except in the 1990 games.
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 Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October 2014, while the next games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia from 18 August to 2 September 2018.