1966 Asian Games

The 1966 Asian Games (Thai: เอเชียนเกมส์ 2509), also known as the V Asiad, were a multi-sport event that was held from December 9 to 20, 1966, in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of 142 events in 16 sports were contested by athletes during the games. Taiwan and Israel returned to the Asian Games, reversing the decision taken by Indonesia in the previous Asiad to debar the two countries. A total number of 2,500 athletes and officials, coming from 18 countries, were involved in this Asiad. The 5th Asiad was the first one where women's volleyball was played.

V Asian Games
Host cityBangkok, Thailand
MottoEver Onward
Nations participating18
Athletes participating1,945
Events142 in 16 sports
Opening ceremonyDecember 9
Closing ceremonyDecember 20
Officially opened byBhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Main venueSuphachalasai Stadium
<  Jakarta 1962 Bangkok 1970  >


National Sport Complex

  • Suphachalasai Stadium (Opening & Closing ceremonies, Athletics and Football)
  • Chantanayingyong Gymnasium (Volleyball)
  • Dhephatsadin Stadium (Hockey)
  • Nimibutr Indoor Stadium (Basketball)
  • Tennis Stadium (Tennis)
  • Wisutarom Swimming Pool (Diving, Swimming)

Sport Authority of Thailand Sport Complex (Hua Mark)

  • Indoor Stadium (formerly Kittikachorn Indoor Stadium) (Badminton and Boxing)
  • Shooting Range (Shooting)
  • Velodrome (Cycling)

Chulalongkorn University Sport Complex

  • Chula Football Stadium (Football)
  • Chula Student Union Hall (Table Tennis)
  • Chula Swimming Stadium (Water Polo)

Thammasat University (Thaprachan Centre)

  • Thammasat Gymnasium (Volleyball)

Other Venue in Bangkok

  • Cultural Hall (Weightlifting)
  • Amporn Garden Hall (Wrestling)

Participating nations


Medal table

Japan led the medal table for the fifth consecutive time, and they gained a new record for the most gold medals in a single Asian Games since 1962 in Jakarta. The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.

  *   Host nation (Thailand)

1 Japan (JPN)785333164
2 South Korea (KOR)12182151
3 Thailand (THA)*12141137
4 Malaysia (MAS)75618
5 India (IND)731121
6 Iran (IRI)681731
7 Indonesia (INA)551222
8 Republic of China (ROC)541019
9 Israel (ISR)35311
10 Philippines (PHI)2152542
Totals (16 nations)140140170450


Preceded by
Asian Games

V Asiad (1966)
Succeeded by
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