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The Origin of the Asian Games

From 1913 to 1934, 10 Far East Championships were held in Asia, but the championships stopped because of the outbreak of World War II. After the war a number of Asian countries became independent, their economy and culture developed, and Asian people had an increasing desire to become less isolated from each other and strengthen mutual intercourse. In order to keep abreast of the times, the Indian Prime Minister, Jawahalal Nehru, proposed an Asian sports meet in 1947 at a conference on relations between Asian countries. In August 1948, during the 14th Olympic Games held in London, India proposed to sports leaders of the Asian teams the idea of having discussions about holding the Asian Games. They agreed to form the Asian Athletic Federation and hold the first Asian Athletic Championships in New Dehli, India, in 1949. A preparatory committee was set up to draft the charter for the Asian Amateur Athletic Federation. In February, 1949, the Asian Amateur Athletic Federation was formally formed, and its name was changed to the Asian Athletic Federation. It was decided to hold the first Asian Games in 1950 in New Dehli, the capital of India. Since then the Asian Games has been regularly held once every four years.Back to the Top

The First Asiad in New Delhi, India

The First Asian Games, originally scheduled for 1950, was postponed until March 1951 because of the delayed preparations. Four hundred and eighty-nine athletes from Afghanistan, Burma, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, SriLanka, and Thailand competed in athletics, aquatics, basketball, cycling, football and weightlifting in the eight-day Games from 4 March 1951 to 12 March 1951. Korea was unable to participate because of the Korean W