Forty-five countries have geared up for the spectacular sporting extravaganza in the packed Asian Games 2018 schedule.  Around 10,000 athletes are all set to make a mark and 462 medals are up for grabs across 47 sports. The grandest Asian celebration of sports is here! There is a celebratory mood in the air and the mascots are spreading cheer!

Asian Games is a multi-sport event held every four years for athletes all over Asia. It is the second most prestigious sporting event in the world, after the Olympics. Olympic Council of Asia has been organizing the games since 1982. India hosted the first ever Asiad in the year 1951 at New Delhi.

Wondering where to watch the games or what is the schedule. Fret not! We have everything covered for you. Dive in to know everything about the Asian Games 2018.

asian games 2018Mary Kom tips off the Asian Games torch relay in New Delhi

Did You Know?

The total budget of the Asian Games 2018 is estimated to be $3.2 billion.

Asian Games 2018 Schedule

The Asian Games 2018 are scheduled from 18 August to 2 September 2018. The opening ceremony will take place at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. The preliminary rounds of water polo, basketball, football, and handball have already started from the 8th of August. Indian track and field athlete, Neeraj Chopra, will be the flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony.

Asian Games 2018 – Where to Watch

You can catch the games live on Sony Ten network. SonyLiv website and app will also live stream all the events.

Asian Games 2018 – The Venue

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Indonesia is all set for the Asiads! (Image Source: Jakarta Global/Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

The battleground is all set. There is festive fervour in the air. Earlier, Hanoi had won the bid to host the games in 2012. However, they decided to withdraw due to financial constraints.

Indonesia was officially declared as the host country during the closing of 2014 Incheon Games. Factors like good sports facilities, transportation network, hotels, and lodging facilities helped Indonesia seal the deal.

Two cities are hosting the games for the first time. Jakarta had earlier hosted them in 1962. All the events will be held in and around Jakarta and Palembang.  The opening and closing ceremony will take place in Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.

The four clusters – Gelora Bung Karno cluster, Jakarta cluster, Jakarta Suburb cluster, and Jakabaring Sports City Palembang cluster will handle all sporting events.

Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex has been renovated especially for the games. Its seating capacity has been reduced from 88,000 to 76,127. It will host athletics, badminton, basketball, aquatics, volleyball, basketball, field hockey, baseball, softball, archery, rugby, squash, fencing, judo, karate, martial arts, and taekwondo.

Sports like cycling, baseball, equestrian, sailing, jet ski, pencak silat, kabaddi, boxing, gymnastics, table, tennis, weightlifting, golf, handball, and volleyball will be organized at other venues in Jakarta.

Palembang will host women’s football, tennis, soft-tennis, canoeing, rowing, triathlon, sepak takraw, bowling, sports climbing, beach volleyball, shooting, and roller sports.

West Java and Banten will host men’s football, paragliding, modern pentathlon, cycling, and canoeing.

Asian Games 2018 – The Mascots

Initially, a mascot named Derawan was chosen as the mascot. However, the Indonesian government received a lot of flak for this decision. Most citizens felt that he looked more like a chicken, not the exotic bird it was supposed to be. Also, there was no historical connection to the symbol.

The new logo and mascots of the Asian Games were selected after a competition by Indonesia’s Creative Economy Board. Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, chose the winner from over 60 participants. The three mascots symbolize the diversity of the country.

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Bhin bhin or the bird of paradise reflects Eastern Indonesia. It is a Cendrawasih bird, wearing a vest with Asmat pattern from Papua. Bhin bhin stands for strategy.

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Kaka, the one-horned rhinoceros, represents Western Indonesia. He is wearing Palembang’s traditional attire with a flower pattern. Kaka stands for strength.

atung asian games 2018 kreedonAtung, the Bawean deer, reflects the central part of the country and stands for speed. He is wearing a sarong with Jakarta’s Tumpal batik pattern.

Twitter has launched three new emojis to celebrate the spirit of Asian Games. The official Asian Games logo, a torch representing the energy of Asia, and three mascots are available as emoticons until October on Twitter.

 

Asian Games 2018 – The Logo

The logo symbolizes the energy of Asia and the unity of the countries. It has an aerial view of the Gelora Bung Karno stadium. The eight gates of the stadium have been shown along with the Asian Games sun in the middle. The stadium was first built for 1962 games that Jakarta hosted.

The logo concentrates on three factors – Asia, Indonesia, and sports. The multiple colors celebrate the diversity of the Asian countries.

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Asian Games 2018 – The Anthem

Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee has released an album with 13 songs by various musical artists. It is called as Asian Games 2018: Energy of Asia. The official anthem of the Asian Games 2018 is the song ‘Bright as the Sun’ by Energy 18. The song celebrates the energy of Asia.  The song is very spunky and motivating. Check it out below

“Bright as the Sun”

Open your eyes, strengthen your heart 
Energize in your spirit
Stand firm, fly you high
This is the time your name resonates

The meaning of defeat as a delayed victory 
never despair of being the best

Show the world .. 
You are as Bright as The Sun
We Deserve to be the one
Invite your fearst come on, don’t waste your time
Raise the energy you shine
and give your best let God to the rest

Nobody can (no one can) 
Break your
dreams (hack your dreams ) We must be able to achieve dreams

Fly the flag of your people 
Located in the highest place
Make your
young soul carve history

Show the world .. 
You are as Bright As The Sun
We Deserve to be the one
Invite your fearst come on, do not waste your time
Race the energy you shame
And give you best look at to the race

Different is not a reason for not supporting each other 
The goals of
different goals and expectations are not reasons for not supporting each other’s
goals and hopes

Show the world 
You are as Bright As The Sun
We Deserve to be the one

 

All Asian countries are set to be the one! There is so much excitement and positivity in the air.

 

Indian Squad at the Asiads

asian games 2018 kreedonAsian Games contingent with sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

The final strength of the Indian contingent at the Asiads is 572. The team includes 312 men and 260 women. Around 232 officials are accompanying the squad. These include managers, coaches, physios, and other support staff.

The next couple of weeks are going to very exciting for all Asian countries. As proud Indians, we can support our athletes by diligently watching the games and cheering them on.

 

Detailed Schedule

Two types

  1. Medal Competition – Medal winning stage of the event when the result will decide a medal
  2. Event Competition – Qualifying and other stages other than Medal winning stage

Below are the events with dates.

  • August 19
    Aquatics – Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Baseball – Softball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Kabaddi – Event Competition
    Karate – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Wushu – Medal Competition
    Rowing – Event Competition
    Sepaktakraw – Event Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition
  •  August 24
    Aquatics – Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Event Competition
    Badminton – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Basketball – 3X3 – Event Competition
    Bowling – Event Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Slalom – Medal Competition
    Canoeing – Traditional boat race – Event Competition
    Cycling – Road – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Eventing – Event Competition
    Fencing – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Golf – Medal Competition
    Gymnastics – Artistic – Medal Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Jet ski – Medal Competition
    Kabaddi – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Kurash – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Medal Competition
    Rowing – Medal Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Sports climbing – Event Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition
  • August 27:
    Aquatics – Synchronised Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Medal Competition
    Athletics – Medal Competition
    Badminton – Event Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Event Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Fencing – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Gymnastics – Rhythmic – Medal Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Roller sports – Skateboarding – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Medal Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Squash – Medal Competition
    Table tennis – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition

   Wrestling – Medal Competition

  • August 30
    Aquatics – Diving – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Athletics – Medal Competition
    Badminton – Event Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Event Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Jumping – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Handball – Medal Competition
    Field Hockey – Medal Competition
    Judo – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Jujitsu – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Sambo – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Roller sports – Roller skating – Event Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Table tennis – Event Competition
    Taekwondo – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Soft tennis – Medal Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Wrestling – Medal Competition
  • August 31
    Aquatics – Diving – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Badminton – Medal Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Medal Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Handball – Medal Competition
    Field Hockey – Medal Competition
    Judo – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Jujitsu – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Sambo – Medal Competition
    Modern Pentathlon – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Roller sports – Roller skating – Medal Competition
    Rugby sevens – Event Competition
    Sailing – Medal Competition
    Sepaktakraw – Event Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Table tennis – Medal Competition
    Taekwondo – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Soft tennis – Medal Competition
    Triathlon – Medal Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Medal Competition
    Wrestling – Medal Competition
  • August 20
    Aquatics – Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Baseball – Softball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Cycling – Mountain bike – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Dressage – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Gymnastics – Artistic – Medal Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Kabaddi – Event Competition
    Karate – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Wushu – Medal Competition
    Rowing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Sports Climbing – Event Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition

 

  • August 21
    Aquatics – Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Event Competition
    Baseball – Softball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Cycling – Mountain bike – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Dressage – Event Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Golf – Event Competition
    Gymnastics – Artistic – Medal Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Kabaddi – Event Competition
    Karate – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Kurash – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Wushu – Medal Competition
    Rowing – Event Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Medal Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Sports Climbing – Event Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition
  • August 25
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Event Competition
    Athletics – Medal Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Basketball – 3X3 – Event Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Slalom – Medal Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Traditional boat race – Medal Competition
    Cycling – BMX (race) – Medal Competition
    Fencing – Medal Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Jet ski – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Sports climbing – Medal Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Table tennis – Event Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition
  • August 28
    Aquatics – Diving – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Synchronised Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Medal Competition
    Athletics – Medal Competition
    Badminton – Event Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Medal Competition
    Cycling – BMX (freestyle) – Medal Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Jumping – Medal Competition
    Fencing – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Paragliding – Medal Competition
    Roller sports – Skateboarding – Medal Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Table tennis – Event Competition
    Taekwondo – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Soft tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Medal Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Wrestling – Medal Competition
  • September 1
    Aquatics – Diving – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Medal Competition
    Badminton – Medal Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Medal Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Boxing – Medal Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Medal Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Football – Medal Competition
    Judo – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Jujitsu – Medal Competition
    Modern Pentathlon – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Medal Competition
    Rugby sevens – Medal Competition
    Sepak takraw – Medal Competition
    Squash – Medal Competition
    Table tennis – Medal Competition
    Taekwondo – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Soft tennis – Medal Competition
    Triathlon – Medal Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Medal Competition
  • August 18
    Opening ceremony

 

  • August 22
    Aquatics – Swimming – Medal Competition
    Archery – Event Competition
    Baseball – Softball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Basketball – 3X3 – Event Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Cycling – Road – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Golf – Event Competition
    Gymnastics – Artistic – Medal Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Kabaddi – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Kurash – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Wushu – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Rowing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Sports Climbing – Event Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition

 

  • August 23
    Aquatics – Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Event Competition
    Badminton – Event Competition
    Baseball – Softball – Medal Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Basketball – 3X3 – Event Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Canoeing – Traditional boat race – Event Competition
    Cycling – Road – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Dressage – Medal Competition
    Football – Event Competition
    Golf – Event Competition
    Gymnastics – Artistic – Medal Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Jet ski – Medal Competition
    Kabaddi – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Kurash – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Event Competition
    Martial arts – Wushu – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Sports climbing – Event Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Tennis – Medal Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition

 

  • August 26:
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Archery – Event Competition
    Athletics – Medal Competition
    Badminton – Medal Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Basketball – 5X5 – Event Competition
    Basketball – 3X3 – Medal Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Bridge – Medal Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Event Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Equestrian – Eventing – Medal Competition
    Fencing – Medal Competition
    Gymnastics – Rhythmic – Medal Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Jet ski – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Pencak silat – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Shooting – Medal Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Table tennis – Event Competition
    Tennis – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Beach – Event Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Weightlifting – Medal Competition

 

  • August 29:
    Aquatics – Diving – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Synchronised Swimming – Medal Competition
    Aquatics – Water polo – Event Competition
    Athletics – Medal Competition
    Badminton – Event Competition
    Baseball – Event Competition
    Bowling – Medal Competition
    Boxing – Event Competition
    Bridge – Event Competition
    Canoeing – Sprint – Medal Competition
    Cycling – Track – Medal Competition
    Fencing – Medal Competition
    Gymnastics – Trampoline – Medal Competition
    Handball – Event Competition
    Field Hockey – Event Competition
    Judo – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Jujitsu – Medal Competition
    Martial arts – Sambo – Medal Competition
    Paragliding – Event Competition
    Sailing – Event Competition
    Sepak takraw – Event Competition
    Squash – Event Competition
    Table tennis – Event Competition
    Taekwondo – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Medal Competition
    Tennis – Soft tennis – Medal Competition
    Volleyball – Indoor – Event Competition
    Wrestling – Medal Competition
  • September 2
    Baseball – Medal Competition

   Bridge – Medal Competition

  Closing Ceremony

 

A passionate foodie, a versatile writer, and now a sports enthusiast, Mamta is always open to exploring new avenues. She has a vast experience in Web Content Writing, Editing, and Social Media Management. A self-confessed coffee and dark chocolate addict, she believes in following her heart and giving her 100% into everything she does.

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