2021 Asian Youth Games

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III Asian Youth Games
Host cityShantou, China
MottoSurging Waves, Dynamic Youth
Nations participating45
Athletes participating2500
Events18 sports
Opening ceremony20 November
Closing ceremony28 November
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2025 →

The 3rd Asian Youth Games will be held in Shantou, Guangdong, China in 2021.[1] Originally planned as the fourth Games, the Olympic Council of Asia then decided to postpone the third Asian Youth Games from 2017 to 2021.[2]


Hambantota, Sri Lanka decided to bid for the 2017 games after losing the vote to stage the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which were awarded to the Gold Coast in Australia.[3] On 15 June 2012, the president of the Olympic Council of Asia, Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, announced that Hambantota had been chosen as the host of the games. Indonesia, Qatar, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan also bid to stage the games but were ultimately unsuccessful.[4]

On 8 November 2012, the Olympic Council of Asia awarded the 2021 Asian Youth Games hosting rights to Surabaya, Indonesia. Surabaya was an unsuccessful bidder for the then-2019 Asian Games when they were defeated by Hanoi, Vietnam. After Jakarta and Palembang was awarded the 2018 Asian Games in the second host selection due to Hanoi withdrawal, the right of 2021 Asian Youth Games awarded to Surabaya was rejected.

The 2017 Asian Youth Games (AYG) were to be an international multi-sport event. Initially planned to be hosted by the city of Hambantota, Sri Lanka. A new host for the 2017 AYG, however, was to be decided at a future Olympic Council of Asia general assembly after Sri Lanka lost its hosting rights.[5] Sri Lanka had been stripped of its hosting rights by the OCA due to political interference of its national Olympic committee by the government. Sri Lanka's replacement was set to be decided at an OCA general assembly scheduled in September 2015.[5] Indonesia was initially offered by the OCA to take over as hosts and the games were suggested as a test event for the 2018 Asian Games, but it was decided to postpone the event until 2021[1] as no replacement host city was found.[2]

On 3 March 2019, the Olympic Council of Asia awarded the hosting rights to Shantou during the 38th OCA General Assembly in Bangkok, Thailand, after Shantou was the only city to declare the candidacy.[1]



Participating nations[edit]

45 nations will compete at the 2021 Asian Youth Games.[7]

Participating National Olympic Committees

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Shantou awarded Asian Youth Games as event set to return in 2021 after eight-year absence". Inside the Games. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Exclusive: Asian Youth Games set to be postponed until 2021 after Jakarta withdraw". Inside the Games. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  3. ^ Champika Fernando (15 June 2012). "Failed Hambantota now settles for Youth Asian Games". Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka to host 2017 Asian Youth Games". National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka. 15 June 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Asian Youth Games: Sri Lanka loses right to be host, OCA to offer Indonesia the chance". The Strait Times. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  6. ^ "OCA announces sports programme for 3rd Asian Youth Games". www.ocasia.org. Retrieved 2020-05-17.
  7. ^ "OCA » Shantou 2021". www.ocasia.org. Retrieved 2020-05-17.