|Games of the New Emerging Forces|
|Host city||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Officially opened by||President Sukarno|
|Main venue||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
The Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) were the games set up by Indonesia in late 1962 as a counter to the Olympic Games. Established for the athletes of the so-called "emerging nations" (mainly newly independent socialist states), GANEFO made it clear in its constitution that politics and sport were intertwined; this ran against the doctrine of the International Olympic Committee, which strove to separate politics from sport. The IOC decreed that the athletes attending GANEFO would be ineligible to participate in the Olympic Games.
Indonesia established GANEFO in the aftermath of IOC censure for the politically charged 4th edition of Asian Games in 1962 in Jakarta which Indonesia hosted and for which Taiwan and Israel were refused entry cards. The IOC's eventual reaction was to indefinitely suspend Indonesia from the IOC. This was the first time the IOC suspended one of its members.
Participating Nations in 1st GANEFO
The first edition of GANEFO was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 10–22, 1963 for 13 days. 46 nations dispatched about 2,700 athletes and 7 nations dispated only staffs and officials. In total, 51 nations participated in the Games from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America such as Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Chile, Ceylon, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, DPR Korea, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, East Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, China PR, the Philippines, Poland, Mali, Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Thailand, Tunisia, Soviet Union, North Vietnam, the United Arab Republic (currently Egypt and Syria), Uruguay, Yugoslavia, etc.
The Soviet Union, in a show of solidarity, sent athletes to the first GANEFO, but in order not to jeopardize their position in the IOC, the Soviet athletes were not of Olympic caliber. And Japan let their athestes of non-Olympic caliber attend the first Ganefo to take account of the host nation's position of 1964 Summer Olympics.
Medal table at 1st GANEFO
In the first edition of GANEFO, China PR was the highest ranking nation with 65 gold medals, Soviet Union the second, Indonesia the third, the United Arab Republic the fourth, and North Korea the fifth.
|4||United Arab Republic||22||18||12||52|
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2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
Participating Nations in 2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
About 2,000 athletes participated in the 2nd edition of GANEFO from 17 nations (Cambodia, Ceylon, China PR, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, North Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, Syria, North Vietnam and Yemen).
The second GANEFO was restricted to Asia, except Guinea which participated in the qualifying tournament in Pyongyang, North Korea in August 1–11, 1965. Consequently, only 17 Asian countries participated in the second tournament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November 25-December 6, 1966 which was named '1st Asian GANEFO'.
Medal table at 2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
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2nd Asian GANEFO
In September 1967 was announced a second Asian GANEFO to be held in Beijing, China, in 1970, but later Beijing dropped the plans to host the Games, which were then awarded to Pyongyang, North Korea. But these Games never occurred and the GANEFO organisation collapsed.
- Ewa T. Parker, “Ganefo I: Sports and Politics in Djakarta,” Asian Survey, 5:4 (1965), 181.