1982 Asian Games

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IX Asian Games
File:9th asiad.png
Host cityDelhi, India
Nations participating33
Athletes participating4,595
Events196 in 21 sports
Opening ceremony19 November
Closing ceremony4 December
Officially opened byZail Singh
President of India
Officially closed byFahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
President of the Olympic Council of Asia
Athlete's OathP.T. Usha
Torch lighterDeanna Syme Tewari & Balbir Singh Sr.
Main venueJawaharlal Nehru Stadium

The 9th Asian Games (Hindi: 1982 एशियाई खेल) were held from 19 November to 4 December 1982, in Delhi, India. 74 Asian and Asian Games records were broken at the event. This was also the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia.[1][2] Delhi joined Bangkok, Jakarta, and Doha (future event) as the cities to host multiple editions of the Asian Games up to this point.[2]

A total of 3,411 athletes from 33 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in these games, competing in 196 events in 21 sports and 23 disciplines. The number of participating countries was the highest in Asian Games history. Handball, equestrian, rowing and golf were included for the first time; fencing and bowling were excluded.[3]


These Asian Games saw the beginning of Chinese dominance in the medals tally.[2]

Japan had won the maximum number of medals in previous editions of the Games. China made its presence felt in the sporting world by dethroning Japan as the top medalists. In preparation for the IX Asian Games, color television was introduced in India in a big way, as the Games were to be broadcast in colour.[4]

The logo of the games was the image of Misra Yantra, one of the four distinct astronomical instruments of the Jantar Mantar, New Delhi observatory.

The mascot for the Games was Appu – a kid elephant. Known in real life as "Kuttinarayanan", this elephant fractured its leg in an accident when he was seven years old – he stepped into a septic tank. That wound would not heal and it eventually killed him. Kuttinarayanan died on 14 May 2005.[5]

Host of the next (10th) Asian Games in 1986, and the 24th Summer Olympics in 1988, Seoul, South Korea participated in the Delhi Asian Games with a 406-person delegation, including an observation team to study the facilities, management and events.[2] Doordarshan started colour television broadcasts expressly for the Asian Games 1982.[6][7]

It was officially opened by President Zail Singh and athlete's oath was taken by P.T. Usha. The main stadium for the games was the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.[2]


Exhibition sports

Participating nations[edit]

Medal table[edit]

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, India, is highlighted.

China won Asian Games for the first time by defeating Japan in gold medal tally, and has become the defending winning team since. 1982 Asian Games medal table

See also[edit]


  1. "1982 Asian Games established Rajiv Gandhi's managerial skills". Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2011-11-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Olympic Council of Asia : Games". ocasia.org. Archived from the original on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. "IX Asian Games". Pakistan Sports Board's official website. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  4. Chandran, Kannan (8 October 1982). "Indian TV goes colour for Games". The Straits Times. p. 13. Archived from the original on 26 April 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  5. "You are being redirected..." thehimalayantimes.com. 13 May 2005. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  6. "Flashback 1982: The Asian Games that transformed Delhi". Archived from the original on 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. "1982-Colour television is introduced: Out of the dark ages". Archived from the original on 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-04-25.

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Preceded by
Asian Games
New Delhi

IX Asiad (1982)
Succeeded by

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