Asian Games
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Updated: 14 August 2023

Asian Games 2023: Details, Schedule, Format, Broadcast, And Venue: The Asian Games 2023, which were initially set for May of this year, will now take place from September 23 to October 8, 2023, it was postponed due to the fast spread of COVID-19 in and around the host city of Hangzhou, China.

Athletes from all around Asia work hard to prepare for this event, which occurs every four years. The Asian Games, also known as the Asiad, were the principal sport in New Delhi, India, until 1978, when they were taken over by the Asian Games Organization.

Following the dissolution of the Asian Games Federation in 1982, the Asian Olympic Council organized these games, which were also recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The 19th edition of the Asian Games will be hosted by China for the third time though different cities have hosted. The Asian Games were held in Beijing in 1990 and in Guangzhou in 2010.

The Asian Games have been hosted by nine countries. The Games have seen 46 countries compete, including Israel, which was banned following its last appearance in 1974. From August 18 to September 2, 2018, Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, hosted the last Asian Games (2018).

Asian Games 2023 Schedule And Format

The Asian Games will take place in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, together with five co-host cities, from September 23 to October 8. The multi-sport competition will feature 61 disciplines and 40 sports, including numerous Olympic activities including swimming, archery, athletics, badminton, equestrian, fencing, football, hockey, judo, and kabaddi.

E-sports and Break dancing will debut as full medal sports at the Asian Games 2023 after receiving approval from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) this year. To pique the curiosity of fans, cricket will return in the T20 format.

After 9 years cricket has been included in the Asian Games. India will send both men’s and women’s teams to participate in Hangzhou. CSK player Ruturaj Gaikwad will lead the men’s squad while Harmanpreet Kaur to lead the women’s squad.

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Asian Games 2023 Broadcast Details

The Asian Games 2022, which will be held from September 2023, have been granted media rights to Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN). The 19th Asian Games will be shown exclusively on Sony’s sports networks across all of India and the subcontinent, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and the Maldives.

SPN will have exclusive rights to produce clips and highlights for the duration of the arrangement. The event will also be aired live on SonyLIV, the company’s premium OTT platform.

Asian Games 2023 Venues

The Games will take place in 44 venues, including 30 that are already in operation and 14 that were newly built. The majority of the activities will take place in Hangzhou and adjacent areas, although there will also be events in Deqing, Jinhua, Ningbo, Shaoxing, and Wenzhou. In preparation for the Games, a brand-new high-speed train link between Hangzhou and Huzhou is being built.

An international multisport competition known as the Asian Games is hosted by a nation, and is usually held there. Large people must be accommodated, there must be enough infrastructure and amenities, and a variety of sports must be played at the locations. The venues must be well furnished and equipped with the amenities required to hold the event effectively.

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Why Asian Games Are Happening After 5 Years

The 19th Asian Games, which was originally slated for September 2022, was postponed because of the Covid 19 pandemic. This pandemic has halted the world for a year, and the timeline for most sports has been stretched and postponed as the process of qualifying, procedure, and venue has been pushed back.

Following that, the Asian Games Commission agreed to organize the games in May 2023, however in May, the host city of this game in China had an increase in Covid cases. As a result, the games have been postponed one more, and Asiad will now take place in September and October of this year.