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Asian Games: The Spectacular Stadiums and Captivating Host Cities

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Asian Games, Asia’s largest multi-sport event, has witnessed 18 editions since its inception in 1951. The Asian Games 2022, the nineteenth edition, will be held later this year in Hangzhou, China. India hosted the Asian Games for the first time in 1951, in the capital city of New Delhi. The Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, also known as the National Stadium, hosted every competition of the 1951 Asian Games. In the inaugural edition, 489 athletes from 11 countries competed in 57 medal events, including Afghanistan, Burma (now Myanmar), Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and hosts India. Let us check out the list of Stadiums along with the Host Cities and the countries of Asian Games over the years.

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List of Stadiums and Host Cities of Asian Games | KreedOn
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List of Stadiums and Host Cities of Asian Games

Host City Year
1.       New Delhi 1951
2.       Manila 1954
3.       Tokyo 1958
4.       Jakarta 1962
5.       Bangkok 1966
6.       Bangkok 1970
7.       Tehran 1974
8.       Bangkok 1978
9.       New Delhi 1982
10.   Seoul 1986
11.   Beijing 1990
12.   Hiroshima 1994
13.   Bangkok 1998
14.   Busan 2002
15.   Doha 2006
16.   Guangzhou 2010
17.   Incheon 2014
18.   Jakarta and Palembang 2018
19.   Hangzhou 2022

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New Delhi

The inaugural Asian Games took place in New Delhi in March 1951. The National Stadium, which has subsequently been renamed Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, served as the major venue for the tournament. It still serves as one of India’s major athletic grounds, with a seating capacity of roughly 60,000. The Games were officially started at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium by Indian President Rajendra Prasad. In 12 sports, 489 individuals from 11 National Olympic Committees competed. There were 169 medals awarded in all.

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In May 1954, Manila hosted the second Asian Games. The main stadium for the tournament was the Rizal Memorial Stadium, which has a capacity of roughly 30,000 people. It is the Philippines’ national stadium and has hosted several athletic events. The Games were officially launched at the Rizal Memorial Stadium by Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay. A total of 970 participants from 19 National Olympic Committees competed in eight sports. There were 218 medals awarded in all.


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The Torch Relay was introduced as a new tradition of the Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958, and it is now a well-established part of the build-up to both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. The Relay began at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, which served as the major site for the previous Games in Manila. In May and June, 1,820 participants from 16 nations participated in 13 sports. The main venue for the tournament was Tokyo’s National Stadium, which had a seating capacity of around 75,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito officially inaugurated the Games at the National Stadium. There were 302 medals awarded in all.

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In August and September 1962, Jakarta hosted the fourth iteration of the Asian Games. A total of 1,460 athletes representing 12 nations competed, with badminton debuting as one of the 13 sports. The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, originally known as the Gelora Senayan Stadium, served as the main venue for the event. With a capacity of about 80,000, it is the largest stadium in Indonesia. Over the years, the stadium has served as an important location for several athletic events. At the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Indonesian President Sukarno gave the Games their formal opening. 381 medals in all were awarded.


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In December 1966, Bangkok hosted the fifth Asian Games. Women’s volleyball debuted as one of 14 sports on the show. Suphachalasai Stadium in Bangkok, sometimes referred to as the National Stadium, served as the main location for the Games. The stadium could accommodate roughly 19,793 people. The Games were accorded royal approbation when they were formally started at the National Stadium by Thailand’s King, Bhumibol Adulyadej. There were 454 medals awarded in all.


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After the original hosts, Seoul, withdrew their bid after receiving security concerns from North Korea, the Asian Games were once again held in Bangkok in 1970. There were 2,400 competitors from 16 nations, with sailing making its debut as one of the 13 sports on the schedule. The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, formally opened the Games once more at the National Stadium. 427 medals in all were awarded.

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In September 1974, Tehran hosted the seventh edition of the Asian Games, which was the first time the quadrennial competition had been held in the Middle East. A record 3,010 competitors from 19 different countries competed in the Games, which were held in the specially constructed Azadi Sport Complex in Iran’s capital. Fencing, gymnastics, and women’s basketball were added to the existing disciplines, bringing the total number of sports on the schedule to 16. The Games were solemnly launched in the Aryamehr Stadium by Iran’s Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. There were 601 medals awarded in all.


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The eighth Asian Games were held in Bangkok in December 1978, marking the third time in four years that they had been hosted in Thailand’s capital. Due to budgetary constraints, the original hosts, Singapore, were unable to fulfill their duties. Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, was chosen to host the event, but it withdrew owing to problems with Bangladesh and India. A total of 3,842 competitors from 19 different countries competed in 19 different sports. The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, formally opened the Games at the National Stadium. There were 625 medals given out in all.

New Delhi

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In November and December 1982, the Asian Games conducted their ninth edition in New Delhi. The event’s primary venue was the Jawaharlal Nehru Hall, which had been renovated since the previous edition. The stadium’s capacity was extended to roughly 75,000 people, making it one of India’s largest stadiums. Indian President Zail Singh formally launched the Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. As a result, New Delhi has joined Bangkok as the only city to hold multiple Asian Games. Appu, an elephant that Indian authorities stated represented faithfulness, knowledge, and power, was chosen as the inaugural Asian Games mascot. A total of 3,411 competitors from 23 different nations competed in 21 sports. A total of 614 medals were awarded.

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The 10th Asian Games were held in Seoul in September and October of 1986. Shigenobu Murofushi of Japan has won Asian Games gold for the fifth time in a row, dating back to 1970 in Bangkok. Hodori, a tiger cub, served as the official mascot for both the Asian Games in 1986 and the Olympics in 1988. 837 medals in all were given out.


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In September and October 1990, Beijing hosted the 11th Asian Games. China staged its first large-scale international sporting tournament. A total of 6,122 participants from 36 nations competed in 27 sports. PanPan, a panda, was a notable mascot. Chinese President Yang Shangkun formally inaugurated Beijing in 1990 at the Workers’ Stadium. 976 medals in all were given out.


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The 12th Asian Games were held in Hiroshima, Japan, in October 1994. The Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium, popularly known as the Hiroshima Stadium, served as the principal venue for the event. It has a seating capacity of roughly 50,000 people and has hosted a variety of athletic events and concerts. It was the first time the Games were hosted in a city other than the capital. Poppo and Cuccu, two white doves signifying peace and harmony, were the official mascots. There were 6,828 athletes from 42 nations in all. 1,081 medals in all were given out.

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Bangkok hosted the 13th Asian Games in December 1998. This was the first event for which there was a bidding procedure. Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej presided over the Games’ formal opening ceremony at Rajamangala Stadium. Throughout the Games, 36 sports—including squash, kabaddi, sepak takraw, and canoeing—were played by 6,554 athletes from 41 National Olympic Committees. There were given out 1,223 medals altogether.


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In September and October 2002, Busan hosted the 14th Asian Games. Thus, Busan followed in the footsteps of the 1986 hosts Seoul to host the Games as the second South Korean city. 38 sports saw a total of 6,572 athletes from 44 different countries. All 44 of the Olympic Council of Asia’s member countries competed for the first time at an Asian Games. Duria, a seagull, stood as the Games’ mascot. 1,350 medals in all were given out.

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The 15th Asian Games took place in Doha in December 2006. The capital of Qatar hosted the Games, becoming only the second city in West Asia to do so after Tehran in 1974. In 2006, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, solemnly launched Doha at the Khalifa International Stadium. 39 sports, including bodybuilding, softball, soft tennis, and wushu, were represented by a total of 9,520 athletes. There were 1,393 medals awarded.


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The 16th Asian Games were held in Guangzhou in November 2010. Guangzhou, therefore, became China’s second host city, following in the footsteps of the 1990 hosts, Beijing. In 42 sports, 9,704 competitors from 45 National Olympic Committees competed. The Games’ mascots were revealed as five cartoon depictions of rams, with the animal having a long affinity with the city. A Xiang, A He, A Ru, A Yi, and Le Yangyang were the mascots. The Premier of China, Wen Jiabao, formally opened Guangzhou in 2010 at the Guangdong Olympic Stadium. There were 1,577 medals awarded in all.

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The 17th Asian Games were held in Incheon, South Korea, in September and October of 2014. The Games’ official mascots were three spotted seal siblings. They were chosen as symbols of future peace between North and South Korea and are known as Barame, Chumuro, and Vichuon, which means wind, dance, and light, respectively. In 36 sports, a total of 9,501 athletes from 45 National Olympic Committees competed. South Korean President Park Geun-hye officially opened them at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium. 1,454 medals in all were given out.

Jakarta and Palembang

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The 2018 Asian Games were co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang. The major arena for the tournament was Jakarta’s Gelora Bung Karno Major Arena, which seats roughly 76,000 people. Several events were also held at Palembang’s Jakabaring Sport City complex, which included venues like the Jakabaring Main Stadium and Jakabaring Aquatic Centre. Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s President, declared the games open. The 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, had a mascot named “Bhin Bhin.” Bhin Bhin is a kind of bird of paradise belonging to the Indonesian archipelago, notable for its brilliant and colorful feathers.


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Hangzhou, China, will host the future Asian Games in 2022. The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Expo Centre, a newly constructed stadium with a capacity of around 80,000 people, will serve as the event’s primary venue.

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