List of Asian Games mascots

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The Asian Games mascots are fictional characters, usually an animal native to the area or human figures, who represent the cultural heritage of the place where the Asian Games are taking place. The mascots are often used to help market the Asian Games to a younger audience. Every Asian Games since 1982 has its own mascot. Appu, the mascot for the 1982 Asian Games, was the first mascot.

Games City Mascot Character Significance
1982 Asian Games New Delhi Appu Indian elephant
1986 Asian Games Seoul Hodori Tiger cub Common in Korean legends. The mascot is the same for the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Summer Olympics.
1986 Asian Winter Games Sapporo Unnamed mascot Squirrel
1990 Asian Games Beijing Pan Pan Panda
1990 Asian Winter Games Sapporo Unnamed mascot Squirrel
1994 Asian Games Hiroshima Poppo and Cuccu Pair of white doves Poppo and Cuccu, male and female respectively, represent peace and harmony.[1]
1996 Asian Winter Games Harbin Doudou Character inspired by the pea plant
1998 Asian Games Bangkok Chai-yo Thai elephant Elephant is a very distinctive animal which has lived with the people of Thailand for many generations and is universally admired for its strengths and nobility. The mascot's name "Chai-yo", is usually shouted by a group of people to show their unity and solidarity.[2]
1999 Winter Asian Games Kangwon Gomdori Half-moon black bear cub
2002 Asian Games Busan Duria Seagull Seagulls, are sometimes called the city bird of Busan. It is named "Duria", a combination of the two words 'Durative' and 'Asia', which means "You and Me Together" in the Korean language, and expresses the ideal of the Games: to promote unity and partnership among Asian countries.[3]
2003 Asian Winter Games Aomori Winta Black woodpecker
2005 Asian Indoor Games Bangkok Hey and Há Couple of elephants The blue and athletic elephant was named Hey and the yellow and plump one was Há. They were to convey the meaning of amusement, merriment and relaxation, thus in a way reflecting the natures of the Asian Indoor Games a great deal.
2006 Asian Games Doha Orry Qatari oryx.[4]
2007 Asian Winter Games Changchun Lulu Sika deer Sika deer is a native deer of East Asia. In the Chinese culture, this deer is considered to be a symbol of good luck and fortune.[5]
2007 Asian Indoor Games Macau Mei Mei Black-faced spoonbill[6]
2008 Asian Beach Games Bali Jalak bali Bali starling Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) is a bird species endemic to the island of Bali.
2009 Asian Youth Games Singapore Frasia Lion The mascot's name, "Frasia", means Friends of Asia.[7] The mascot embodies the values and spirit of the Asian Youth Games. The sprightly lion exemplifies friendship, respect and excellence. It constitutes a spirited representation of young hearts and minds in pursuit of sporting excellence.[8]
2009 Asian Indoor Games Hanoi Gà Hồ Hồ chicken The Hồ chicken is a distinctly Vietnamese rare breed of chicken, familiar as a symbol in Vietnam. According to folklore, the chicken have the five qualities of a man of honour: literacy, martial arts, physical strength, humanity and loyalty.
2009 Asian Martial Arts Games Bangkok Hanuman Yindee Monkey "Hanuman" is a white – creamy super monkey from Ramakien and considers it as the God of the ape which has every kind of fighting skill with strong determination of great success.[9]
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou A Xiang, A He, A Ru, A Yi and Le Yangyang Five rams The Chinese character "yang," or "goat," is an auspicious symbol because, when read together, the Chinese names of the five rams are a message of blessing, literally meaning "harmony, blessings, success and happiness" (祥和如意樂洋洋).[10]
2010 Asian Beach Games Muscat Al Jebel Tahr
Al Reeh Houbara bustard
Al Med Green turtle
2011 Asian Winter Games Astana and Almaty Irby Snow leopard[11]
2012 Asian Beach Games Haiyang Sha Sha, Yang Yang, and Hai Hai Character inspired by dragon and phoenix[12]
2013 Asian Youth Games Nanjing Yuan Yuan Eosimias sinensis Eosimias sinensis is the earliest higher primate to date found in Jiangsu Province. [13]
2013 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games Incheon Barame, Chumuro, and Vichuan Three spotted seal The three mascots are the same for AIMAG 2013 and the 2014 Asian Games.
2014 Asian Games Incheon Barame, Chumuro, and Vichuon Three spotted seal the mascots' name means wind, dance and light in Korean language. According to the organizers, the mascots were chosen as symbolic to the future peace between South Korea and North Korea.[14]
2014 Asian Beach Games Phuket Sintu, Sakorn, and Samut Three green sea turtles The name Sintu, Sakorn, Samut shares the same meaning of water. Sea turtle is a symbol of endurance fertility, sustainability and growth.[15]
2016 Asian Beach Games Da Nang Chim Yen Swiftlet Special characteristic of the southern central coastal region of Vietnam is famous for bird nest - a product of high economic value in general and a specialty of Da Nang in particular.
2017 Asian Winter Games Sapporo Ezomon Flying squirrel The mascot is modeled after a very special type of flying squirrel only found in the Hokkaido region of Japan.[16]
2017 Asian Indoor-Martial Arts Games Ashgabat Alabai Central Asian Shepherd Dog
2018 Asian Games Jakarta and Palembang Bhin Bhin Bird-of-paradise The mascots reflect Indonesia's diversity with three animals, each from different regions in Indonesia. Bhin Bhin wear a vest with Asmat traditional motifs from the Papua, Eastern Indonesia Region, which symbolize strategy. Atung wear a batik parang sarong from Central Indonesian Region, which symbolizes speed and a "Never give up fighting" spirit. Kaka wear a flower motif from Palembang's Songket scraf that represents Western Indonesia Region, which symbolize power.[17]
Atung Bawean deer
Kaka Javan rhinoceros
2021 Asian Youth Games Surabaya TBA TBA TBA

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "12th Asian Games Hiroshima 1994 - Poppo & CuCCu". GAGOC. gz2010.cn (official website of 2010 Asian Games). April 27, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "13th Asian Games Bangkok 1998 - Chai-Yo". GAGOC. gz2010.cn (official website of 2010 Asian Games). April 27, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mascot, Busan 2002". OCA. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Mascot of Asian Games 2006". Travour.com. 2006-12-05. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-09-09.  China.com-Mascot of 2007 Changchun Asian Winter Games
  6. ^ Olympic Council of Asia : Photo Details
  7. ^ "Mascot for 1st Asian Youth Games in Singapore named Frasia". Channel NewsAsia. April 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-15. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Singapore Sports AYG 2009". Singapore Sports Council. May 16, 2009. Archived from the original on June 11, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Mascot, Bangkok 2009 - Hanuman, God King of the Apes". 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  10. ^ "Mascot for 16th Asian Games to be held in 2010 unveiled". Beijing2008.cn. April 29, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ The Mascot-IRBY
  12. ^ Mascots for 3rd Asian Beach Games unveiled
  13. ^ "Mascot for 2nd Asian Youth Games unveiled". Retrieved 24 December 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  14. ^ Xinhua (2010-11-05). "Mascots, emblem for 2014 Incheon Asian Games unveiled". China Daily. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  15. ^ Olympic Council of Asia : Photo Details
  16. ^ "Sapporo 2017 entry deadline approaches for NOCs". www.ocasia.org/. Olympic Council of Asia. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Meet Bhin-bhin, Ika, Atung, Asian Games 2018 Mascots". jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com. Retrieved 2016-07-28.