Sports in Asia
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Cricket is one of the more popular sports in Asia.
The Asian Cricket Council is a cricket organization which was established in 1983, to promote and develop the sport of cricket in Asia . Membership in the Asian Cricket Council is divided between four Test Status members, seven associate members and eleven affiliate members.
The associate members are Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
The affiliate members are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Brunei, China, Iran, Maldives, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Four Asian countries, namely Indonesia, Japan, Philippines and South Korea are members of ICC East Asia-Pacific instead of the Asian Cricket Council, although Indonesia has applied for membership in the Asian Cricket Council.
The Asian Games, also called the Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Asian Games are the world's second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
At the Bandy World Championship 2012 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Federation of International Bandy established an office for Asia and plan to organise the first Asian Bandy Championship in December 2012. FIB President Boris Skrynnik believes in a good development in the region, including the construction of indoor rinks.
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