1962 Asian Games
Official emblem of the 1962 Asian Games.
|Host city||Jakarta, Indonesia|
(Indonesian: Maju Terus)
|Events||120 in 13 sports|
|Opening ceremony||August 24|
|Closing ceremony||September 4|
|Officially opened by||Sukarno
President of Indonesia
|Athlete's Oath||Ferry Sonneville |
|Torch lighter||Effendi Saleh|
|Main venue||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
The 4th Asian Games (Indonesian: Asian Games Musim Panas 1962) were held from August 24, 1962, to September 4, 1962, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most notable is the exclusion of Israel and Taiwan from the Games.
Succumbing to pressure from Arab countries and the People's Republic of China, the Indonesian government refused to issue visas for the Israeli and Taiwanese delegations. It had done so against the rules of the Asian Games Federation, and despite its promise to invite all Federation members, including those with whom it had no diplomatic relations (Israel, Republic of China and South Korea).
A total number of 1,460 athletes, coming from 17 countries, competed in this Asiad, where badminton made its debut.
On May 23, 1958, voting for the 1962 venue took place in Tokyo, Japan before the 1958 Asian Games. The Asian Games federation council voted 22-20 in favour of the Indonesian capital over Karachi, the only other candidate.
|1962 Asian Games bidding results|
Weightlifting was also in the program but IWF withdrew recognition of the Asian Games competition because the Indonesian federation had not been able to guarantee that Taiwan and Israel could take part.
A total of 17 Asian NOCs sent delegations.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Indonesia, is highlighted.
|6||South Korea (KOR)||4||9||10||23|
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- Stefan Hübner, “The Fourth Asian Games (Jakarta 1962) in a Transnational Perspective: Japanese and Indian Reactions to Indonesia’s Political Instrumentalisation of the Games,” in: International Journal of the History of Sport 29,9 (2012), 1295-1310.