The 2010 Asian Games
, also known as the XVI Asian Games
: Dì Shíliù Jiè Yàzhōu Yùndònghuì
), was a multi-sport event
celebrated in Guangzhou
from 12 to 27 November 2010, although several events had commenced from 7 November 2010. This was the second time China host the games, in which Guangzhou was the second Chinese city to host the Games, after Beijing
. A total of 9,704 athletes from 45 National Olympic Committees
(NOCs) competed in 476 events from 42 sports and disciplines
(28 Olympic sports
and 14 non-Olympic sports), making it the largest event in the history of the Games
. Due to reductions in the number of sports to be contested for the 2014 Asian Games
, these Games marked the final time that six non-Olympic events would be held during the Asian Games.
The Games were co-hosted by Dongguan
, the three neighbouring cities. It was opened by Premier Wen Jiabao in Haixinsha Island. A total of 53 venues were used to host the events including 11 constructed for use at the Games. The design concept of the official logo of these Asian Games was based on the legend about the Guangzhou, featured a stylised calligraphic "Stone Statue of Five Goats in Yuexiu Hill", a symbol of the host city. Read more...