India & the Asian Games

  • Then: The very first Asian Games were held in India in 1951. Officially opened by the then President Dr. Rajendra Prasad at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi, a total of 489 athletes from 11 National Olympic Committees competed in 12 sports.
  • Also in 1951: India’s best-ever Asian Games finish (2nd overall) and its first-ever Asian Games gold, courtesy West Bengal’s Sachin Nag, in the 100m freestyle swimming competition.

India’s biggest gold haul: 15 (1951, New Delhi)
India’s biggest silver haul: 19 (1982, New Delhi)
India’s biggest bronze haul: 36 (2014, Incheon)
India’s biggest overall medal haul: 65 (2010, Guangzhou)

  • And the sport which has yielded most gold, silver, bronze and overall medals for India? Athletics. We’re talking 72 gold, 77 silver, 84 bronze — an overall medal count of 233.
  • And now: For the 2018 edition opening today in Jakarta and Palmebang, Indonesia, the Indian Olympic Association has sent 572 athletes (312 men, 260 women), who will compete across 36 sports.


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