Photo credit: Tang Shi

Did you know that…?

Did you know that Bangkok hosted the Asian Games most times in history? Thailand’s capital hosted the Games four times, last time in 1998. Only twice the Asian Games have been held in what we with all respect can call untraditional badminton countries; 1974 in Teheran, Iran, and 2006 in Doha, Qatar.

Did you know that only two different teams have ever been ranked as the best team at the Asian Games with all sports included? Japan was the best team in the first eight editions of the Games from 1951 to 1978. Since 1982 China has topped that list every year.

Did you know that 27 nations have participated in the Asian Games since 1951? This year’s Games have the most nations represented ever with 20 nations being present. In 2006 in Doha, Qatar, 2010 in Guangzhou, China, and 2014 in Incheon, Korea, 19 nations had travelled to the big event.

Did you know that the host cities of the two future Asian Games have already been elected? Hangzhou, China, will host the Games in 2022 and in 2026 the Games will move to Nagoya in Japan.

But first it’s all about the 2018 edition in Jakarta, which is just around the corner. Three mascots are ready to welcome all the athletes for the Asian Games this year: Bhin Bhin, a bird of paradise (Paradisaea Apoda), which represents ‘strategy’; Atung, a Bawean deer (Hyelaphus Kuhlii), which represents ‘speed’; and Kaka, a single-horned rhino (Rhinoceros Sondaicus), which represents ‘strength’.

 

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