The 18th Pan-Asian games have finally arrived. On Friday, August 18, the 2018 Asian Games finally commenced in Indonesia. For the first time in the history of the Games, they will be co-hosted by two cities. The Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang have been chosen to host the 2018 Asian Games.
Furthermore, the Pan-Asian multi-sport tournament returns to Indonesia after a fifty-six-year gap, after the Games were last held in Jakarta in 1962.
History of India in Asian Games
The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.
The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games.
Since the 1982 Games, they have been organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), after the breakup of the Asian Games Federation. The Games are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
In its history, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games. Forty-six nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974.
The most recent games were held in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October 2014, while the current games are held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia from 18 August to 2 September 2018. The next games are scheduled to Hangzhou, China between 10 and 25 September 2022.
Achievements in 18th ASIAN GAMES
In 17th Asian Games tournaments, India has won a total of 139 gold medals, 178 silver and 299 bronze medals.
Here is the complete list of Indian athletes who secured top positions at the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia.
Rahi Sarnobat Bags Gold
Shooter Rahi Sarnobat won the gold medal in the 25m pistol competition with a Games record score of 34 in the finals. Rahi was tied on 34 with Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon after the regulation rounds and had to compete in two rounds of shoot-offs before she ultimately emerged as the winner.
Divya Kakran Wins Bronze in 68kg Women’s Freestyle Wrestling
Divya Kakran took just 90 seconds at her 3rd position bout against Chen Wenling of Chinese Taipei to secure a bronze medal for India at the 18th Asian Games. Divya who was leading 10-0 in the opening minutes of the game was awarded victory by technical superiority.
India Win Bronze at Sepak Takraw Regu Event
The Indian men’s Sepak Takraw Regu team created history at the Asian Games by winning the bronze medal at the Asian Games.
Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in 50m Rifle
Bagging silver in men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Sanjeev Rajput took India’s medal tally up to 8 in the 18th Asian Games.
Saurabh Chaudhary Wins Gold on His Debut at Asian Games
16-year-old Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary created an Asian Games record on his way to the gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol event.
Abhishek Verma Bags Bronze in 10m Air Pistol Event
29-year-old Abhishek Verma has bagged his first Asian Games medal, a bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Final.
Vinesh Phogat Becomes the First Indian Woman Wrestler to Win Gold in Asiad
Vinesh Phogat created history on Monday, 20 August by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian Games gold.
19-Year-Old Lakshay Clinches Silver in Men’s Trap Shooting
19-year-old Lakshay bagged the 4th medal for India at the 2018 Asian Games as the young shooter bagged the silver in the men’s trap event on Monday, 20 August.
Bajrang Punia Bags First Gold Medal for India at the 2018 Asian Games
24-year-old Bajrang Puniya won all his bouts to win the gold in the 65kg category on Sunday, 19 August.
Deepak Kumar Wins Silver at Men’s 10m Rifle
Indian shooter Deepak Kumar bagged the silver medal in men’s 10m air rifle event after producing excellent scores at crucial junctures at the 18th Asian Games on Monday, 20 August.
Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela Open India’s Account at the Asian Games
India opened its account at the 18th Asian Games after Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela bagged the bronze in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event on Sunday, 19 August.