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A Glimpse into the Asian Games 2023


A Glimpse into the Asian Games 2023

A Glimpse into the Asian Games 2023

 

The 19th edition of the Asian Games, which took place in 2023 despite being titled as the 2022 games, concluded at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, also known as the Big Lotus, in China. India's flagbearer during the parade of athletes was hockey player PR Sreejesh. The Asian Games, the largest sporting event in Asia, takes place every 4 years and is symbolized by the rising sun incorporating interlocking rings. This event is officially acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee.

In this historic sporting event countries unite and showcase the very best in athleticism and camaraderie. The Asian Games 2023, a mega sporting extravaganza, captivated the world with its display of unity and excellence.

The Asian Games 2023 was held in a vibrant and culturally rich city, promising an unforgettable experience for participants and spectators alike. This edition of the Games aimed to promote unity, friendship, and understanding among Asian nations, transcending boundaries and fostering a sense of shared purpose.

With a legacy that spans over half a century, the Asian Games has a rich history of iconic moments and unforgettable performances. The 20th edition of the Asian Games is scheduled to take place in Japan in the year 2027.

 

 

Key Highlights of Asian Games 2023

India’s Milestones:

  • Unprecedented Medal Haul: India secured a historic 107 medals, surpassing its previous best and becoming only the 4th country to ever cross the 100-medal mark in a single Asian Games. This included 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze medals.
  • Hockey: The India men's hockey team secured a victory in the Asian Games and achieved qualification for the Paris Olympics after defeating Japan 5-1.Top 4 Finish: India finished the Games in 4th place in the medal tally, behind powerhouses China, Japan, and South Korea.
  • Shooting Prowess: Shooting was India's strongest sport, bagging a total of 22 medals, including a whopping 7 gold medals. Four of these gold medals came with world records.
  • Firsts in Athletics: Avinash Sable became the first Indian man to win gold in the 3000m steeplechase, while Parul Chaudhary became the first Indian woman to win gold in the 5000m race.
  • Double Gold in Cricket & Kabaddi: Both the men's and women's national teams in cricket and kabaddi clinched the gold medals in their respective categories. India had a successful outing at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where they won a total of 70 medals, with an impressive 16 of them being gold.

 

 
 
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In the 2023 Asian Games, two new sports were introduced and awarded medals: e-Sports and Breakdancing. Additionally, Cricket, as well as board games such as Go, Xiangqi, and Chess made a comeback to the Asian Games after being absent from the 2018 edition.

 

Asian Games 2023 India’s medal winners list

In the vibrant city of Hangzhou, China, a team of 655 athletes from India took part in the Asian Games 2023 from September 23 to October 8. This edition of the multisport event was delayed by a year due to the pandemic, but India still managed to achieve a remarkable feat by winning a total of 107 medals - including 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze.

No. Athletes Sport Event Medal
1 Team India Shooting Women's 10m air rifle team Silver
2 Team India Rowing Men's lightweight double sculls Silver
3 Team India Rowing Men's pair Bronze
4 Team India Rowing Men's eight Silver
5 Ramita Jindal Shooting Women's 10m air rifle Bronze
6 Team India Shooting Men's 10m air rifle team Gold
7 Team India Rowing Men's four Bronze
8 Team India Rowing Men's quadruple Bronze
9 Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar Shooting Men's 10m air rifle Bronze
10 Team India Shooting Men's 25m rapid file pistol team Bronze
11 Team India Cricket Women's T20 cricket Gold
12 Neha Thakur Sailing Girl's Dinghy - ILCA4 Silver
13 Eabad Ali Sailing Men's Windsurfer - RS:X Bronze
14 Team India Equestrian Team dressage Gold
15 Team India Shooting Women's 50m rifle 3 positions team Silver
16 Team India Shooting Women's 25m pistol team Gold
17 Sift Kaur Samra Shooting Women's 50m rifle 3 positions Gold
18 Ashi Chouksey Shooting Women's 50m rifle 3 positions Bronze
19 Team India Shooting Men's skeet team Bronze
20 Vishnu Saravanan Sailing Men's dinghy ICLA7 Bronze
21 Esha Singh Shooting Women's 25m pistol Silver
22 Anantjeet Singh Naruka Shooting Men's skeet Silver
23 Naorem Roshibina Devi Wushu Women's 60kg sanda Silver
24 Team India Shooting Men's 10m air pistol team Gold
25 Anush Agarwalla Equestrian Individual dressage Bronze
26 Team India Shooting Women's 10m air pistol team Silver
27 Team India Shooting Men's 50m rifle 3 positions team Gold
28 Team India Tennis Men's doubles Silver
29 Esha Singh Shooting Women's 10m air pistol Silver
30 Palak Gulia Shooting Women's 10m air pistol Gold
31 Team India Squash Women's team Bronze
32 Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar Shooting Men's 50m rifle 3 positions Silver
33 Kiran Baliyan Athletics Women's shot put Bronze
34 Team India Shooting Mixed team 10m air pistol Silver
35 Team India Tennis Mixed doubles Gold
36 Team India Squash Men's team Gold
37 Karthik Kumar Athletics Men's 10,000m Silver
38 Gulveer Singh Athletics Men's 10,000m Bronze
39 Aditi Ashok Golf Women's golf Silver
40 Team India Shooting Women's trap team Silver
41 Team India Shooting Men's trap team Gold
42 Kynan Chenai Shooting Men's trap Bronze
43 Nikhat Zareen Boxing Women's 50kg Bronze
44 Avinash Sable Athletics Men's 3000m steeplechase Gold
45 Tajinderpal Singh Toor Athletics Men's shot put Gold
46 Harmilan Bains Athletics Women's 1500m Silver
47 Ajay Kumar Saroj Athletics Men's 1500m Silver
48 Jinson Johnson Athletics Men's 1500m Bronze
49 Nandini Agasara Athletics Women's heptathlon Bronze
50 Murali Sreeshankar Athletics Men's long jump Silver
51 Seema Punia Athletics Women's discus throw Bronze
52 Jyothi Yarraji Athletics Women's 100m hurdles Silver
53 Team India Badminton Men's team Silver
54 Team India Roller skating Women's speed skating 3000m relay Bronze
55 Team India Roller skating Men's speed skating 3000m relay Bronze
56 Team India Table tennis Women's doubles Bronze
57 Parul Chaudhary Athletics Women's 3000m steeplechase Silver
58 Priti Lamba Athletics Women's 3000m steeplechase Bronze
59 Ancy Sojan Athletics Women's long jump Silver
60 Team India Athletics Mixed 4x400m relay Silver
61 Team India Canoe Sprint Men's canoe double 1000m Bronze
62 Preeti Pawar Boxing Women's 54kg Bronze
63 Vithya Ramraj Athletics Women's 400m hurdles Bronze
64 Parul Chaudhary Athletics Women's 5000m Gold
65 Mohammed Afsal Athletics Men's 800m Silver
66 Praveen Chithravel Athletics Men's triple jump Bronze
67 Tejaswin Shankar Athletics Men's decathlon Silver
68 Annu Rani Athletics Women's javelin throw Gold
69 Narender Berwal Boxing Men's +92kg Bronze
70 Team India Athletics Mixed team race walk Bronze
71 Team India Archery Mixed team compound Gold
72 Team India Squash Mixed team Bronze
73 Parveen Hooda Boxing Women's 57kg Bronze
74 Lovlina Borgohain Boxing Women's 75kg Silver
75 Sunil Kumar Wrestling Greco-Roman 87kg Bronze
76 Harmilan Bains Athletics Women's 800m Silver
77 Avinash Sable Athletics Men's 5000m Silver
78 Team India Athletics Women's 4x400m relay Silver
79 Neeraj Chopra Athletics Men's javelin throw Gold
80 Kishore Jena Athletics Men's javelin throw Silver
81 Team India Athletics Men's 4x400m relay Gold
82 Team India Archery Women's compound team Gold
83 Team India Squash Mixed doubles Gold
84 Team India Archery Men's compound team Gold
85 Saurav Ghosal Squash Men's singles Silver
86 Antim Panghal Wrestling Women's 53kg Bronze
87 Team India Archery Women's recurve team Bronze
88 HS Prannoy Badminton Men's singles Bronze
89 Team India Sepaktakraw Women's regu Bronze
90 Team India Archery Men's recurve team Silver
91 Sonam Malik Wrestling Women's 62kg Bronze
92 Kiran Bishnoi Wrestling Women's 76kg Bronze
93 Aman Sehrawat Wrestling Men's freestyle 57kg Bronze
94 Team India Bridge Men's team Silver
95 Team India Hockey Men's team Gold
96 Aditi Swami Archery Women's compound individual Bronze
97 Jyothi Surekha Vennam Archery Women's recurve individual Bronze
98 Ojas Pravin Deotale Archery Men's compound individual Gold
99 Abhishek Verma Archery Men's compound individual Silver
100 Team India Kabaddi Women's kabaddi Gold
101 Team India Badminton Men's doubles Gold
102 Team India Cricket Men's team Gold
103 Team India Kabaddi Men's kabaddi Gold
104 Team India Hockey Women's team Bronze
105 Deepak Punia Wrestling Men's freestyle 86kg Silver
100 Team India Chess Men's team Silver
100 Team India Chess Women's team Silver

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Check out the breakdown of India's medal count for the Asian Games 2023 by sport

 

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Shooting 7 9 6 22
Athletics 6 14 9 29
Archery 5 2 2 9
Squash 2 1 2 5
Cricket 2 0 0 2
Kabaddi 2 0 0 2
Badminton 1 1 1 3
Tennis 1 1 0 2
Equestrian 1 0 1 2
Hockey 1 0 1 2
Rowing 0 2 3 5
Chess 0 2 0 2
Wrestling 0 1 5 6
Boxing 0 1 4 5
Sailing 0 1 2 3
Bridge 0 1 0 1
Golf 0 1 0 1
Wushu 0 1 0 1
Roller skating 0 0 2 2
Canoe 0 0 1 1
Sepaktakraw 0 0 1 1
Table tennis 0 0 1 1
TOTAL 28 38 41 107
 

History and significance of the Asian Games

After World War II, several Asian nations became independent, and the Indian International Olympic Committee suggested creating the Asian Games, a sporting event that would allow all Asian countries to participate. The inaugural Asian Games took place in New Delhi in 1951, with the aim of promoting mutual understanding and friendship among Asian countries. Since then, the Games have grown in scale and stature, becoming one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

The 9th edition of the Asian Games took place in New Delhi during November and December of 1982. Appu, the beloved Indian elephant, made history as the inaugural mascot for the event. The significance of the Asian Games goes beyond just sports. It serves as a catalyst for social and cultural exchange, fostering a spirit of unity and cooperation among nations. The Games bring together diverse cultures, traditions, and languages, creating an atmosphere of celebration and mutual respect.

The Asian Games were overseen by the Asian Games Federation from 1951 to 1978, but starting in 1982, the responsibility for regulating the games was taken over by the Olympic Council of Asia.

 

Host country of the Asian Games 2023

The Asian Games 2023 was hosted by the bustling city of Hangzhou, China. Renowned for its scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage, Hangzhou was the perfect backdrop for this grand event. The city has a long history of hosting international sporting events, including the G20 Summit in 2016.

The city had undergone a massive transformation for 2023 Asian games, with new stadiums, arenas, and infrastructure built to accommodate the thousands of athletes and spectators who descended upon Hangzhou. The organizers left no stone unturned to ensure a seamless and memorable experience for everyone involved.

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Sports and disciplines featured in the Asian Games 2023

The Asian Games 2023 featured a wide array of sports and disciplines, catering to the diverse interests and talents of athletes from across Asia. From traditional Asian sports like kabaddi and sepak takraw to popular Olympic disciplines like swimming and gymnastics, the Games offered a thrilling showcase of sporting excellence.

In addition to the mainstream sports, the Asian Games 2023 also featured some unique and lesser-known disciplines. These include wushu, dragon boat racing, and esports, reflecting the vibrant and diverse sporting cultures of Asia.

The Asian Games 2023 also had a strong focus on gender equality, with an equal number of medal events for men and women. This was a significant step towards promoting inclusivity and empowering female athletes in the region. It sent a powerful message about the importance of gender balance in sports and society as a whole.

 

The impact of the Asian Games on the host country's economy and tourism

Hosting the Asian Games brought numerous benefits to the host country, both economically and in terms of tourism. The influx of athletes, officials, and spectators created a surge in demand for accommodation, transportation, and related services. This boosted the economic activity for local businesses and generated employment opportunities.

The Asian Games also had a positive impact on tourism. The event attracted visitors from all over Asia and beyond, who not only attended the Games but also explored the host country's attractions and cultural heritage.

Furthermore, the Asian Games provided an opportunity for the host country to showcase its capabilities and infrastructure to the world. It acted as a catalyst for urban development and encourages investment in sports facilities and related infrastructure.

 

Cultural and social programs associated with the Asian Games 2023

The Asian Games 2023 were not just about sports; they were also a celebration of culture and diversity. Alongside the sporting events, the Asian Games 2023 features a series of cultural and social programs that highlighted the traditions and heritage of the host country and Asia as a whole.

These programs included art exhibitions, music and dance performances, and traditional craft showcases. They provided a platform for artists and performers to share their talents with a global audience, fostering a greater appreciation for Asian culture. The cultural programs also served as a bridge between different nations, promoting understanding and friendship.

In addition to the cultural events, the Asian Games 2023 also had various social initiatives. These included environmental sustainability projects, community outreach programs, and initiatives to promote inclusivity and equality.


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