1962 Asian Games

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IV Asian Games
4th asiad.png
Host cityJakarta, Indonesia
MottoEver Onward
(Indonesian: Maju Terus)
Nations participating17
Athletes participating1,460
Events120 in 13 sports
Opening ceremony24 August
Closing ceremony4 September
Officially opened bySukarno
President of Indonesia
Athlete's OathFerry Sonneville[1]
Torch lighterEffendi Saleh
Main venueSenayan Main Stadium

The 1962 Asian Games (Indonesian: Asian Games 1962, Asian Games IV, Asian Games ke-4) also known as the 4th Asian Games, IV Asiad, and Jakarta 1962, was the fourth iteration of pan-Asian multi-event games sanctioned by the Asian Games Federation (AGF). The games were held from 24 August to 4 September 1962, in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was the first-ever international multi-sport event hosted by the then-17 year old Southeast Asian country. This was the first of two Asian Games hosted by the city as of 2018, the second was held in 2018, with Palembang as the co-host.

Israel and the Republic of China (ROC) were excluded from the games. In solidarity with fellow-Muslim majority countries in the Middle East and the People's Republic of China, the Indonesian government refused to issue entry visas for the Israeli and Taiwanese delegations. It was against the rules of the AGF, and Indonesia's own promise to invite all AGF members, including those with whom it had no diplomatic relations; Israel, ROC and the Republic of Korea.[2] The action would make Indonesia suspended from the International Olympic Committee and barred from the 1964 Summer Olympics, which subsequently responded by hosting the Games of the New Emerging Forces in 1963.

A total number of 1,460 athletes, coming from 17 countries, competed in this Asiad, where badminton made its debut.


On 23 May 1958, voting for the 1962 host 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 Pakistani city of Karachi, the only other candidate.[3]

1962 Asian Games bidding result
City Nation Votes
Jakarta  Indonesia 22
Karachi  Pakistan 20


President Sukarno opened this Asiad.

All but three official sports were held inside or around the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, temporarily called the Asian Games Complex. The shooting event was held in Cibubur Shooting Range, in what is now lies within East Jakarta. The weightlifting and wrestling events were held at Ikada Sports Hall, now demolished to make way for the National Monument. The nearby Ikada Stadium was also used for football event, as well as Tebet football pitch, located southeast of the complex. The archery demonstration event was held at Menteng Stadium.


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.

Exhibition sports

Participating National Olympic Committees[edit]

Athletes from 17 nations competed at the Jakarta Games. The following countries made its first Asian Games appearance in 1962: Sarawak.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Medal table[edit]

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on a 1962 stamp of Indonesia
A stamp of Indonesia claiming road improvement for the 1962 Asian Games

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Indonesia, is highlighted.

  *   Host nation (Indonesia)

1 Japan (JPN)735623152
2 Indonesia (INA)*11122851
3 India (IND)10131033
4 Pakistan (PAK)811928
5 Philippines (PHI)762437
6 South Korea (KOR)491023
7 Thailand (THA)26412
8 Malaya (MAL)24915
9 Burma (BIR)2158
10 Singapore (SIN)1023
Totals (15 nations)120122130372


  1. ^ Julius Pour (2004). Dari Gelora Bung Karno ke Gelora Bung Karno. Grasindo. p. 51. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Jakarta 1962 Asian Games". ocasia.org. Olympic Council of Asia. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Jakarta gets 1962 Games: No KL bid". The Straits Times. 24 May 1958. Retrieved 27 August 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Hübner, Stefan (2012). "The Fourth Asian Games (Jakarta 1962) in a Transnational Perspective: Japanese and Indian Reactions to Indonesia's Political Instrumentalisation of the Games". The International Journal of the History of Sport. 29 (9): 1295–1310. doi:10.1080/09523367.2012.677035.
Preceded by
Asian Games

IV Asiad (1962)
Succeeded by