Previously, it had also hosted the edition of the games. The games was held from 19 September to 4 October , although several events had commenced from 14 September Around 9, athletes participated in the event which featured events in 36 sports. The final medal tally was led by China , followed by host South Korea and Japan , while Cambodia won its' first ever Asian Games gold medal.
Asian Games: History and List of host Countries
The 19th Asian Games Hangzhou Organising Committee
Doha was the first city in its region and only the second in West Asia following Tehran in to host the games. It was the first time that all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia took part in this event. Also, Eurosport broadcast the event, marking the first time that the European continent could watch this Asian sporting event. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were held at Khalifa International Stadium.
Indonesia set to host 18th ASIAN GAMES 2018 in JAKARTA and PALEMBANG
South Korea did not participate, however, due to the Korean War, which had started the previous year and would last until Politics were playing a big part behind the scenes as, succumbing to pressure from Arab countries and China, the Indonesian Government refused to issue visas to the delegations from Israel and Taiwan. Taiwan and Israel returned to the Games and a total number of 1, athletes from 16 countries were involved in the event.
Indonesia, which originally finished second in the bid, was considered as the strongest replacement candidate and eventually awarded the rights amid the games. Surabaya , the city put forward during the bid, was replaced by Jakarta and Palembang, having hosted the Southeast Asian Games together. For the first time, the Summer Asian Games were co-hosted by two cities; the Indonesian capital of Jakarta which was hosting the Games for the first time since , and Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province. Events were held in and around the two cities, including venues in Bandung and the provinces of West Java and Banten.