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Asian Games

The largest multi-sport event on the Asian continent.

Asian Games

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Asian Games or Asiad are a multi-sport event taking place every four years among the athletes from all over the Asia. The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games. During the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, a conversation between sportsmen from China and the Philippines raised the idea of restoring the Far Eastern Games. However, the Indian IOC representative Guru Dutt Sondhi thought that the restoration of the Games would not be sufficient to show the spirit of unity and level of achievement in Asian sports, so proposed to sports leaders the idea of having discussions about holding a wholly new competition — the Asian Games. First Asian Games held in Delhi in 1951, since then Games have been held every fourth year.

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Sepak takraw or kick volleyball, is a sport native to the Malay-Thai Peninsula. Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of volleyball in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. It's a popular sport in whole South-East Asia and in north-east region of India. Earliest historical evidence from "The Sejarah Melayu" (Malay Annals) shows that the game was played in the 15th century's Malacca Sultanate. By the 1940s, the net version of the game had spread throughout Southeast Asia, and formal rules were introduced. This sport became officially known as 'sepak takraw'. "Sepak" is the Malay word for kick and "takraw" is the Thai word for a woven ball, therefore sepak takraw quite literally means to kick ball. In the 1990 Asian Games, Sepak takraw was played for first time and since then it's a regular competitive sport in each Asian Games.

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Yao Ming (born September 12, 1980) is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of the 2010–11 NBA season, he was the tallest player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in).

Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. After negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, Yao was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Yao was selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and was named to the All-NBA Team five times. He reached the NBA Playoffs four times, and the Rockets won a first-round series in the 2009 postseason, their first playoff series victory since 1997. However, Yao missed 250 regular-season games due to injury in his final six seasons.

He is one of China's best-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies. His rookie year in the NBA was the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, and he co-wrote, along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher, an autobiography titled Yao: A Life in Two Worlds.

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The 1951 Asian Games was a multi-sport event celebrated in Delhi, India, from 4 March to 11 March, 1951. A total of 489 athletes representing 11 Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in 57 events from eight sports and discipline. The Games were the successor of the Far Eastern Games and the revival of Western Asiatic Games. On 13 February 1949, the Asian Games Federation was formally inaugurated in Delhi, with Delhi unanimously announced as the first host city of the Asian Games. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) member Guru Dutt Sondhi and HRH Yadavindra Singh played a significant role in the inception of Asian Games and in organising the 1951 Asiad. Organising committee of the Games invited almost all the Asian countries except Soviet Union and Vietnam.

National Stadium was used as the venue for all the events of Games. The official logo of the First Asiad depicted—a bright sun in red with 16 rays and a white circle in the middle of the disc of the sun and eleven rings—representing each participating nation, on a white background, symbolising peace. Japanese athletes won the most golds and overall medals, with 24 and 60 respectively, while the host nation India had the 15 golds and 51 overall medals with most bronzes (20) and finished at second spot in a medal table. However, the 1954 Asian Games were already planned for Manila, the Asian Games did not return to India until the 1982 Asian Games, some 31 years later.

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2006 Doha Asian Games Opening Ceremony
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The 15th Asian Games Opening Ceremony was held in Doha, Qatar on December 1 marking the start of the 2006 Asian Games. The ceremony took place in the multi-purpose Khalifa International Stadium.


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