Since then the games have grown to become Asiad — the biggest sports festival of Asia. Asian Athletic Federation was first formed in year in New Delhi. Guru Dutt Sodhi who was a member of Indian Olympic Committee played a pivotal role in bringing various sports personalities of Asian countries to a common platform of Asian Athletic Federation. Since the Asian Athletic Federation came to existence in New Delhi, this city was unanimously chosen to host the first edition of Asian Games in This motto was given by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru which continues till today. Logo of first Asian games consists of Red bright Sun with 11 rings representing 11 participating countries.
Day 9 of Asian Games , as it happened: Neeraj Chopra was at his absolute best as he bagged gold in javelin throw. Neeraj Chopra was at his absolute best as he bagged gold in javelin throw. Hockey has been a delight to watch at the games and Indian women beat Thailand in their last Pool B game to enter the semi-finals. India won three bronze in squash and the team will look to emulate success in the team event; both men and women are in action on Day 9 of the event.
Neeraj Chopra was the flag bearer for the opening ceremony while Rani Rampal was named as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. India bettered its previous best medal haul achieved 8 years earlier at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. The following is a list of the number of competitors representing India in each sport at the Games:.
The 18th Asian Games, which is also known as Jakarta Palembang , is a multi-sporting event. It is for the first time that Asian Games are being co-hosted by two cities — Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. The event begins on August 18, , and will continue till September 2, Also, for the first time, eSports and canoe polo will be contested in the Asian Games as Demonstration Sports.