Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event.It will be conducted every four years from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the 1951 Asian Games, officially known as the First Asian Game in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games.
i.The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
ii.Forty-six nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974.
- 2022:- 19th Asian Games is scheduled to take place in Hangzhou, China.
- 2014 :-Asian Games has conducted in Incheon,South Korea.
iii.India ranked 8th in 2014 Asian Games. India bagged 57 medals including 11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze in 2014 Asian Games.
Asian Games 2018:-
18th Asian Games also known as Jakarta-Palembang 2018 held from 18 August to 2 September 2018. Indonesia hosted second time after 1962.The Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities;
- the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and Palembang,
- the capital of the South Sumatra province for the first time.
Cenderawasih, a rare species of a bird in Indonesia had been selected as emblem for the 2018 Asian Games.But later this has been dropped and three new mascots were unveiled.
|“Energy of Asia”||
Bhin Bhin – a greater bird of paradise
Atung – a Bawean deer
Kaka – a Javan rhinoceros
i. The mascots Bhin Bhin, Atung, and Kaka represent the Eastern, Central, and Western regions of Indonesia and also strategy, speed and strength respectively.
ii. There are 45 nations have participated in 18th Asian Games. There are 465 events in 40 sports. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games will be held at Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.
iii. Lucia Francisca Susy Susanti is a retired Indonesian badminton player who carried torch light at the 18th Asian Games.
iv.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games 2018.
Kho-Kho gets recognition from Olympic Council of Asia
- The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has given recognition to India’s indigenous sport of Kho-Kho, The decision to recognise Kho-Kho was taken in the General Assembly of the OCA held here on August 19 2018.
- Kho-Kho will now be included as a demonstration sport in the Asian Indoor Games, with the possibility of being included as a discipline in the next Asian Games, official sources told PTI.
Overview of Asian games 2018:-
i.The 2018 Asian Games closing ceremony was held on 2nd Sep.2018 at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.
ii.China led the medal table for the 10th consecutive time. Chinese multinational holding conglomerate Alibaba founder Jack Ma and gold medal swimmer Sun Yang promoted their birth city Hangzhou, as the city will host the 2022 Asian Games.
iii.North Korea and South Korea march under the Korean Unification Flag at the opening ceremony and, for the first time, compete as a unified team in some events. They won one and first gold medal as a unified team.
iv.Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the 2018 Asian Games.
v.For the first time,eSports and Canoe Polo were contested as demonstration sports.
vi.The 6 world, 18 Asian and 86 Asian Games records were broken during the event of 2018 Asian Game.
2018 Asian Games Medal Table
|3||South Korea (KOR)||49||58||70||177|
India at 18th Asian Games 2018
India is participating with 572 in 36 sports. It is India’s 18th appearance at the Asian Game.
- Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was the flag bearer for India at the opening ceremony of the Games.
- Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal was India’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony.
i.India finished the 18th Asian Games with 69 medals which became highest number of medals in Asian Games since it participated. They won 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals.
ii.India beats its previous best medal count of 65 at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
iii.Govindan Lakshmanan was disqualified after winning bronze in the men’s 10,000m event due to stepped out of the track during one of the laps at the Asian Game.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia won gold medal in the men’s 65 kg freestyle
On August 19 2018,Wrestler Bajrang Puniar from Haryana won India’s first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the men’s 65 kg freestyle. The 24-year-old Indian had won three consecutive gold medals – CWG (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul).He had won silver medal in Asian Games 2014.
Vinesh Phogat won gold medal in the 50kg women’s wrestling
On August 20 2018, Vinesh Phogat from Haryana defeated Yuki Irie of Japan in the 50kg category at the Asian Games 2018. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.She won the gold medal in women’s 50kg freestyle wrestling at 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.She won a bronze medal in the women’s freestyle 48 kg category at Incheon in 2014
|Gold||Bajrang Puniar||men’s 65 kg freestyle|
|Gold||Vinesh Phogat||50kg women’s|
|Bronze||Divya Kakran||68kg women’s wrestling|
India’s 16 year old Saurabh Chaudhary wins 10m air pistol gold
Saurabh Chaudhary from Uttar Pradesh won the Gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games in 10 m air pistol.He had earlier won a gold medal and set a new junior world record in the ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl ,Germany.
Rahi Sarnobat becomes first Indian woman shooter to win Asian Games gold in 25m Pistol
Rahi Sarnobat from Maharashtra became the first Indian woman shooter to win gold at the Asian Games against Naphaswan Yangpaiboon of Thailand in the Women’s 25m Pistol event in Palembang.
|Gold||Saurabh Chaudhary||10m air pistol|
|Gold||Rahi Sarnobat||25m Pistol|
|Silver||15-year-old Shardul Vihan||double trap men’s competition|
|Silver||Deepak Kumar||10m Air Rifle|
|Silver||Lakshay Sheoran||men’s trap event|
|Silver||Sanjeev Rajput||men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event|
|Bronze||Heena Sidhu||10m air pistol|
|Bronze||Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela||10m Air Rifle Mixed event|
|Bronze||Abhishek Verma||10m Air Pistol|
Indian mens team won first historic bronze in Sepak takraw
Indian won bronze medal in Sepak takraw against Thailand in the semi-finals of the men’s team Regu Event at the ongoing 18th edition of Asian Games.This is India’s first medal in sepak takraw since the debut of the sport in the 1990 Asian Games.
Tejinder Pal Singh wins Gold in Men’s Shot-Put
Tejinder Pal Singh from Punjab won Gold medal in Men’s Shot Put throw with 20.75m in Jakarta, Indonesia.He was breaking the Games record of Saudi Arabia’s Sultan Abdulmajeed (20.57m) set in 2010 break Om Prakash and also Singh’s national mark (20.69m, 2012).
Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in Javelin-Throw
Neeraj Chopra is a first Indian javelin thrower to win an Asian Games gold medal.He set a national record by 88.06m in Jakarta,Indonesia. India’s only second medal in javelin throw in Asian Games history after Gurtej Singh won a bronze in 1982.
- Neeraj Chopra is from the Khandra Village, Panipat, Haryana, India
- He won a gold medal in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also set a world junior record.
- He also became the second Indian after Milkha Singh to win a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold in atheletics in the same year.
Arpinder Singh won gold in men’s triple jump:
Arpinder Singh from Punjab made a best jump of 16.77m in his third attempt and won gold medal in the men’s triple jump event.This is India’s first men’s triple jump gold medal in 48 years after Mohinder Singh Gill won it in 1970.
Arpinder has a personal best of 17.17 metres at the 2014 National Inter-State Championships in Lucknow. He had finished fifth in the 2014 Asian Games.
Manjit Singh won gold in Men’s 800 Metres:
Manjit Singh from Haryana won gold medal in the men’s 800 metres event by finishing the race in 1:46.15 minutes & Jinson Johnson won silver Medal in same event.
Earlier,Indian Athlete’s Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh won Gold and Silver in this Event during 1951 Asiad Games which is known as the First Asian Game,held in NewDelhi(India)
Swapna Barman Won a Landmark Gold in Women’s Heptathlon:
Swapna Barman of West Bengal won gold medal in the women’s heptathlon event with a score of 6026 points. She has crossed the landmark of 6000 points mark in Heptathlon.
She has won the first gold medal for India in the women’s heptathlon event at the Asian Games.
Jinson Johnson won gold in Men’s 1500 Metres:
Jinson Johnson from Kerala won gold medal in the men’s 1500m event. He finished in 3:44.72 sec. Manjit Singh finished in fourth position with a timing of 3:46.57sec.
Women’s 4x400m Relay Team Wins Gold
India’s 4x400m women’s relay team won its 5th consecutive gold medal in the Asian Games. India has been winning gold medal in this event since 2002 Asian Games.
The team comprised: Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth. They finished the event in 3 minute and 28.72 seconds.
|Gold||Tejinder Pal Singh Toor||Shot put|
|Gold||Manjit Singh||Men’s 800 M|
|Gold||Arpinder Singh||Men’s triple jump||This is India’s first men’s triple jump gold medal in 48 years after Mohinder Singh Gill won it in 1970.|
|Gold||Swapna Barman||Heptathlon||First gold medal for India in the women’s heptathlon at the Asian Games|
|Gold||Jinson Johnson||Men’s 1500m|
|Gold||Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth||Women’s 4x400m Relay Team||5th consecutive gold medal for India in 4x400m women’s team relay at the Asian Games|
|Silver||Hima Das||Womens 400 M||Hima from Assam nicknamed the Dhing Express by the media. She became the first Indian to win a Gold in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.|
|Silver||Muhammad Anas Yahiya||Men’s 400 M|
|Silver||Dutee Chand||Women’s 100m dash||Country’s first medal in 20 years in this event,Previous bronze won by Rachita Mistry in 1998 Asian Games.|
|Silver||Sudha Singh||Women’s 3000m Steeplechase|
|Silver||Dharun Ayyasamy||400m hurdles||Ayyasamy clocked 48.96 seconds to shatter his own national record|
|Silver||Neena Varakil||Women’s long jump|
|Silver||Jinson Johnson||Men’s 800 M|
|Silver||Dutee Chand||Women’s 200M|
|Silver||Muhammed Anas, M.R. Poovamma, Hima Das and Arokia Rajiv.||4x400m Mixed Relay|
|Silver||Muhammed Kunhu, Dharun Ayyasamy, Muhammed Anas and Rajiv Arokia||Men’s 4X400 metre relay Team|
|Bronze||Chitra Unnikrishnan||Women’s 1500m|
|Bronze||Seema Punia||Discuss throw|
|Silver||Fouaad Mirza||Equestrian event||First Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the Equestrian event since 1982|
|Silver||Indian team, comprising Fouaad Mirza,Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh||Equestrian event|
Men’s kabaddi team
|Bronze||India & Pakistan||Ajay Thakur is India Mens Kabbadi Team Captain. India lost to Iran in Semi Final match.|
Women’s kabaddi team
|Silver||India||Payal Chaudhari is India Womens Team Captain|
|Bronze||Thailand & Chinese Taipei|
*Indian kabaddi lost gold medal for the first time since the kabbadi sport was introduced at the Asian Games in 1990. India had won gold medal seven times continuosly from 1990 to 2014. India always dominated the Kabbadi event by winning highest number of 9 gold medals including 7 in men’s and 2 in women’s category.
|Bronze||Santhosh Kumar||Men’s Sanda 56Kg Category|
|Bronze||Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh||Men’s Sanda 60Kg Category|
|Bronze||Narender Grewal||Men’s Sanda 65Kg Category|
|Bronze||Roshibina Devi Naorem||Women’s sanda 60Kg Category|
India’s Men Rowers team won Gold in Men’s Quadruple Sculls event
Indian men team rowers Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh won gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls with the timing 6:17.13. Indonesia (6:20.58) and Thailand (6:22.41) were placed second and third respectively.
|Gold||Indian team of Sawaran Singh, Dattu, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet||Quadruple sculls rowing|
|Bronze||Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh||Double Sculls|
|Bronze||Dushyant Chauhan||Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls|
|Silver||Dipika Pallikal,Joshna Chinappa,
Tanvi Khanna and Sunayna Kuruvilla
|Women’s squash team|
|Bronze||Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa||women’s singles squash|
|Bronze||Saurav Ghosal, Harinder Pal Singh, Ramit Tandon and Mahesh Mangaonkar||Men’s squash team|
|Bronze||Saurav Ghosal||Men’s Singles Squash|
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold medal for Men’s doubles in Lawn Tennis
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won gold medal of men’s doubles in Lawn Tennis at the Asian Games 2018 by defeating Aleksander Bublik and Denis Yevseyev of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-4.
|Gold||Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan||Men’s Doubles|
|Bronze||Prajnesh Prabhakaran||Men’s Singles Tennis|
|Bronze||Ankita Raina||Women’s Tennis Singles|
|Silver||P.V.Sindhu||Women’s single||became First female Indian shuttler reached final and won silver medal at Asian games after 36 years|
|Bronze||Saina Nehwal||Women’s single||becomes first female Indian shuttler to bag medal at Asian Games in individual quadrennial event after 36 years and also first female Indian won bronze in women’s single.|
Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar win gold in men’s Pair Bridge event
Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar pair won gold medal in the men’s Pair Bridge event. They topped the points table in the men’s Pair Bridge event with 384 points. They both hail from Howrah, West Bengal.
|Gold||Pranab Bardhan and Shibnath Sarkar||Men’s Pair Bridge event|
|Bronze||Jaggy Shivdasani, Rajeshwar Tewari, Ajay Khare, Raju Tolani, Debabrata Majumder and Sumit Mukherjee.||Men’s Team Bridge event|
|Bronze||Kiran Nadar, Hema Deora, Himani Khandelwal, Bachiraji Satyanarayana, Gopinath Manna and Rajeev Khandelwal.||Mixed Team Bridge event|
|Bronze||G.Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj||Men’s team||This is the first time India has won a medal in table tennis in the Asian Games, since tables tennis was introduced in Asian Games in 1958.|
|Bronze||Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra||Mixed doubles||Manika Batra has became the first Indian woman to win a medal in table tennis in the Asian Games.|
|Silver||Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini||Men’s Compound Archery Team|
|Silver||Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam||Women’s Compound Archery Team|
Kurash is a form of wrestling indigenous to central Asia. It has made its debut at the Asian Games 2018.
|Silver||Pincky Balhara||Women’s 52kg category Kurash|
|Bronze||Malaprabha Jadhav||Women’s 52kg category Kurash|
|Silver||Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervegar||49er FX Women’s Sailing|
|Bronze||Harshita Tomar||Open Laser 4.7 Sailing|
|Bronze||Varun Thakkar Ashok and Chengappa Ganapathy Kelapanda||49er men’s sailing|
Amit Panghal wins gold medal in Men’s 49kg Boxing
Amit Panghal from Punjab defeated reigning Olympic Champion Hasanboy Dusmatov from Uzbekistan 3-2 and won gold medal in Men’s 49kg Boxing.
He is the eighth Indian boxer to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. He is 22 years old and hails from Haryana. This is his first appearance in the Asian Games.
|Bronze||Vikas Krishan Yadav||
Men’s Middle 75 kg
|Silver||Women’s hockey team|
|Bronze||Men’s hockey team||India scored nearly a goal every two minutes against Hong Kong China 26-0 in Pool B Match,as they broke an 86-year-old record, surpassing their 24-1 victory over the United States at the 1932 Olympics.|