India has been one of the centre pieces of the Asian Games movement, and the first edition of these Games was held in New Delhi in 1951. The nation will take part in Hanghzou as well for the 19th edition of the quadrennial event.
LAYING THE FOUNDATION
Guru Dutt Sondhi was the first to propose the idea of a set of Games as a means to restart the Far Eastern Games. The event was aimed at fostering goodwill and understanding among Asian countries.
The event was officially established during a meeting of the Asian Athletic Federation in 1949 and the first edition came into being in 1951. India has been a part of every Asian Games edition since.
Even though this association was dibanded in 1981, India is considered as one of the key founding members of Asian Games.
THE BRAGGING RIGHTS
Indian athletes have medalled in events across 32 sports - winning a total of 672 medals which includes 155 gold, 201 silver and 316 bronze.
India has maintained an upper hand in Kabaddi till date. India has 11 medals in the sport, nine of which are gold. Among all teams that have played the sport at the Asiad, India is the most successful.
The men’s team won gold medals in every edition from 1990 to 2014. The women’s team too won the gold in 2010 and 2014.
Such has been India’s domination, that the next best nation - Iran - has just two gold medals.
Ever since the sport was included in 1958, the Indian men’s hockey has failed to make it to the podium just once - in 2006 when it ended 5th.
The men’s team has 15 medals: three gold, nine silver, and three bronze. India’s record, however, is the third-best. Pakistan, another giant of the sport, has fewer medals but takes the top spot with eight gold medals. South Korea is second with four gold medals.
The Indian women’s team has one gold to its name: from the 1982 Games in New Delhi. Overall, it is the fourth-most prolific team in the Games, with six medals in total.
India has maintained a stronghold in athletics as well, and has proven to be one of the top Asian nations in track and field events.
In terms of medals won, athletics has been India’s favourite. The nation has 254 medals at the Games - 79 gold, 88 silver, and 87 bronze. This is India’s best haul across all sports by some margin. It is the third in the overall tally, behind only China and Japan.
INDIA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES AT ASIAN GAMES
|1951||New Delhi, India||2||15||16||20||51|
|1982||New Delhi, India||5||13||19||25||57|
|1986||Seoul, South Korea||5||5||9||23||37|
|2002||Busan, South Korea||7||11||12||13||36|
|2014||Incheon, South Korea||8||11||10||36||57|
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