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Asian Games or Asiad are a multi-sport event taking place every four years among the athletes from all over the Asia. The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. During the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, a conversation between sportsmen from China and the Philippines raised the idea of restoring the Far Eastern Games. However, the Indian IOC representative Guru Dutt Sondhi thought that the restoration of the Games would not be sufficient to show the spirit of unity and level of achievement in Asian sports, so proposed to sports leaders the idea of having discussions about holding a wholly new competition — the Asian Games. First Asian Games held in Delhi in 1951, since then Games have been held every fourth year.

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The Far Eastern Championship Games (also known as Far East Games) was a small Asian multi-sport competition considered to be a precursor to the Asian Games. In 1912, E.S. Brown, president of the Philippine Athletic Association and Manila Carnival Games, proposed the creation of the "Far Eastern Olympic Games" to China and Japan. The first Far Eastern Championship Games was held in the Carnival Grounds in Manila, Philippine on February 4, 1913. Six countries participated in the eight day event: The Philippine Islands, Republic of China, Empire of Japan, British East Indies (Malaysia), Kingdom of Thailand and British crown colony Hong Kong. In 1915, the name changed to Far Eastern Championship Games and the governing association to Far Eastern Athletic Association when the event was held in Shanghai, China.

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Leander Adrian Paes (born 17 June 1973) is an Indian professional tennis player who currently features in the doubles events in the ATP tour and the Davis Cup tournament. Having won 6 Doubles and 6 Mixed Doubles Tennis Grand Slam titles and finishing runners up in numerous other Grand Slam finals, he is considered to be one of the greatest and most respected contemporary doubles and mixed doubles players in the world. He is the recipient of India's highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri award for his outstanding contribution to tennis in India.

Apart from his twelve Grand Slam victories at doubles and mixed doubles events, he is famous for his several memorable Davis Cup performances playing for India and also for winning a bronze medal for India in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Paes, first appeared in Asian Games in 1994, where he won a bronze of singles event. In 2002 Asian Games, he won gold in men's double and bronze in mixed doubles. Paes achieved his best performance in Asian Games in 2006, where he won two golds– one in men's doubles and other in mixed doubles.

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2006 Doha Asian Games Opening Ceremony
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The 15th Asian Games Opening Ceremony was held in Doha, Qatar on December 1 marking the start of the 2006 Asian Games. The ceremony took place in the multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.

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The 1951 Asian Games was a multi-sport event celebrated in Delhi, India, from 4 March to 11 March, 1951. A total of 489 athletes representing 11 Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in 57 events from eight sports and discipline. The Games were the successor of the Far Eastern Games and the revival of Western Asiatic Games. On 13 February 1949, the Asian Games Federation was formally inaugurated in Delhi, with Delhi unanimously announced as the first host city of the Asian Games. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) member Guru Dutt Sondhi and HRH Yadavindra Singh played a significant role in the inception of Asian Games and in organising the 1951 Asiad. Organising committee of the Games invited almost all the Asian countries except Soviet Union and Vietnam.

National Stadium was used as the venue for all the events of Games. The official logo of the First Asiad depicted—a bright sun in red with 16 rays and a white circle in the middle of the disc of the sun and eleven rings—representing each participating nation, on a white background, symbolising peace. Japanese athletes won the most golds and overall medals, with 24 and 60 respectively, while the host nation India had the 15 golds and 51 overall medals with most bronzes (20) and finished at second spot in a medal table. However, the 1954 Asian Games were already planned for Manila, the Asian Games did not return to India until the 1982 Asian Games, some 31 years later.

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Games 1951 New Delhi • 1954 Manila • 1958 Tokyo • 1962 Jakarta • 1966 Bangkok • 1970 Bangkok • 1974 Tehran • 1978 Bangkok • 1982 New Delhi • 1986 Seoul • 1990 Beijing • 1994 Hiroshima • 1998 Bangkok • 2002 Busan • 2006 Doha • 2010 Guangzhou • 2014 Incheon  • 2019 Asian Games
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