In the brick-and-mortar world of games, the stories of the amazing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta are flowing better than other sporting actions. Not just in Asia, the whole world is capturing the news of Asiad Games. The cities like Jakarta and Palembang have now become the major parts of Asia. Indeed, it is the perfect time to talk about the seven amazing facts about the Asian Games.
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1: Was known as Far Eastern Championship Games
Before the 1951 Asian Games, this competition was known as the Far Eastern Championship Games. During that era, the nations like the Empire of Japan, the Philippines and China used to play on this tour. The first time this game was held in the year 1913. Now the fans and pundits know this play by the name of Asiad Games also.
2: New Delhi – The first nation to host?
In the year of 1951, the games were played for the very first time in India, who got independent in 1948. New Delhi, the capital of India, hosted the tournament after, Guru Dutt Sondhi, the Indian International Olympic Committee representative, felt that the concept of Far Eastern Championship Games is not good for the holistic development of sports in Asia, which we can see at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. Asian Games Federation accepted the idea of Asiad Games and declared New Delhi as the first nation to entertain the experience.
3: Big problems in 1962
Just like the 2018 Asian Games, Indonesia hosted the fourth edition of the Asiad Games. This time Jakarta and Palembang are hosting the competition. However, in 1962, only Jakarta took the efficiency to host the big event. Because of several political arguments, Indonesia didn’t allow Israel and Taiwan to take the participation. The several reports say that many religious issues also became one of the primary reasons for not allowing Taiwan and Israel to involve. With the effect of that, IOC took the sponsorship and set an example by removing Indonesia from its members’ list.
4- South Korea failed to host
In the golden year of 1970, South Korea received the chance to host Asiad Games. However, because of some financial issues, South Korea neglected to host. They called it the security reasons. But the multiple sources made it clear that it happened because of having the money crises. Just like Jakarta and Palembang, the cities that are hosting the 2018 Asian Games, Seoul also got the opportunity to host but instead of that, Bangkok captured the chance to become the master nation. Now South Korea can even treat the Olympics. They took a great decision by saying no to host the function at that time. Nations should never host these types of tours if they didn’t have money to burn.
5: Thailand- A responsible nation
Pakistan received the chances to host the 1978 Asiad Games. However, they failed to hit the ground running. The several financial and political issues became the major reasons for not hosting the competition. Thailand again took the responsibility to host. The contribution of Thailand will now look nickel-and-dime for some. However, taking big responsibility, again and again, is not easy. The 18th Asian Games in Jakarta would not be possible without the contribution of Thailand. Sometimes these small-small things help the body to remain stable. The cities of Jakarta and Palembang should respect and feel fortunate to serve.
6: The year 1994
The 1994 Asiad Games welcomed some of the new nations like Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as they were coming after ending their relationship with the Soviet Union. For the first time in history, the games had been played in the capital city. Because of the Persian Gulf War, Iraq was abounded to participate. On the other hand, North Korea said no due to some political unrest. From the perspective of fans, it’s good that the 2018 Asian Games doesn’t hold that many problems. Jakarta and Palembang now have the responsibility to show to the world that even two cities can make the event successful without having any stipulation.
7: 18th Asian Games in Jakarta – different
Never before in the history of 18th Asian Games in Jakarta had two cities got the chance to hold represent the nation. Jakarta and Palembang are the first to host it together. It is going to be challenging for the two chosen cities to make it so successful. Are you ready to feel the magic of this event? Have your say in the comment section below?