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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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Sania Mirza at the 2010 U.S. Open
Sania Mirza is a professional Indian tennis player and as of April 11, 2011, ranked No. 73 in the singles and No. 29 in the doubles ranking of Women's Tennis Association (WTA). She began her tennis career in 2003 and reached career high ranking of World No. 27 on August 27, 2007. She is the first ever Indian to break into the top 30 WTA rankings. In the 2006 Asian Games, she won gold at mixed doubles event and two silvers in singles and team events. She participated in the 2010 Asian Games and won silver in mixed doubles and a bronze in singles. She is well-known for her powerful forehand ground strokes.

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1982 Asian Games medals distribution, showing participating NOCs with:   at least one gold medal,   at least one silver medal and   at least one bronze medal.

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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.



History Far Eastern Games
Games 1951 New Delhi • 1954 Manila • 1958 Tokyo • 1962 Jakarta • 1966 Bangkok • 1970 Bangkok • 1974 Tehran • 1978 Bangkok • 1982 New Delhi • 1986 Seoul • 1990 Beijing • 1994 Hiroshima • 1998 Bangkok • 2002 Busan • 2006 Doha • 2010 Guangzhou • 2014 Incheon  • 2018 Jakarta
Nations that have competed Afghanistan • Bahrain • Bangladesh • Bhutan • Brunei • Cambodia • China • Chinese Taipei • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Iran • Iraq • Israel • Japan • Jordan • Kazakhstan • Kuwait • Kyrgyzstan • Laos • Lebanon • Macau • Malaysia • Maldives • Mongolia • Myanmar • Nepal • North Korea • Oman • Pakistan • Palestine • Philippines • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Sri Lanka • Syria • Tajikistan • Thailand • Timor-Leste • Turkmenistan • United Arab Emirates • Uzbekistan • Vietnam • Yemen
Asian Games events Archery • Athletics • Badminton • Baseball • Basketball • Bodybuilding • Board games • Bowling • Boxing • Canoeing • Cricket • Cue sports • Cycling • Dancesport • Diving • Dragon boat • Equestrian • Fencing • Football • Golf • Gymnastics • Handball • Hockey • Judo • Kabaddi • Karate • Modern pentathlon • Roller sports • Rowing • Rugby union • Sailing • Sepaktakraw • Shooting • Softball • Soft tennis • Squash • Swimming • Synchronized swimming • Table tennis • Taekwondo • Tennis • Triathlon • Volleyball • Water polo • Weightlifting • Wrestling • Wushu

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