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The Asian Games are held for the purpose of developing intercultural knowledge and friendship within Asia. The member countries and regions affiliated to the Olympic Council of Asia participate in this multi-sports event. This World Games is held every four years in between the Olympic Games.

Unofficial historical data traces the origination of the Asian Games to the Eastern Olympics inaugurated in Manila, the Philippines, in 1913 with 6 member countries of the Philippines, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. This bienniel sports meet changed name to the Far East Championship, and continued to be held till 1934, and two years later as the Eastern Championship held in Tokyo in 1934.

In 1947, Sondy of India invited team chairmen of 13 Asian countries that participated in the 14th London Olympics to an arrangement table and Korea, Taiwan, India, the Philippines, Burma, and Ceylon positively responded to his suggestion. Following the New Dehli agreement in 1949, the Asian Track & Field Championship was established together with the foundation of the Asian Track & Field Federation.

Following the second meet, the participating countries agreed to adopt the Asian Games Charter (which was based on the Olympic Charter), leading to establishment of the Asian Games Federation and the holding of the first official Asian Games at New Delhi, India in 1951, and every four years thereafter.

At the General Meeting of the Asian Games Federation in 1982, the participants agreed to the formation of the Olypic Council of Asia. This body has since then been the official governing body of the Asian Games.

The following is a quick listing of the host cities of the previous Games:

1st Asian Games
2nd Asian Games
3rd Asian Games
4th Asian Games
5th Asian Games
6th Asian Games
7th Asian Games
8th Asian Games
9th Asian Games
10th Asian Games
11th Asian Games
12th Asian Games
13th Asian Games
1951
1954
1958
1962
1966
1970
1974
1978
1982
1986
1990
1994
1998
New Delhi (India)
Manila (Philippines)
Tokyo (Japan)
Jakarta (Indonesia)
Bangkok (Thailand)
Bangkok (Thailand)
Teheran (Iran)
Bangkok (Thailand)
New Delhi (India)
Seoul (Korea)
Beijing (China)
Hiroshima (Japan)
Bangkok (Thailand)

The present member countries of the Olympic Council of Asia are as follows:

Afghanistan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
China
DPR Korea
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
IR Iran
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Korea
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Macau
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar
Nepal
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Syria
Chinese Taipei
Tajikistan
Thailand
Turkmenistan
U. Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen
 

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