noun - The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a Pancontinental 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 last Games was held in Guangzhou, China from 12 November to 27 November 2010. The next Games will be held in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October 2014.
2014 Asian Games
- Official Name: 17th ASIAN GAMES INCHEON 2014
- Participants: About 13,000 athletes and officials and about 7,000 media from the 45 OCA member states
- Staff: Approximately 30,000
- No. of Sports: 36