1982 Asian Games

The 9th Asian Games (Hindi: 1982 एशियाई खेल) were held from November 19, 1982 to December 4, 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 as the only cities to host multiple editions of the Asian Games up to this point.[2]

IX Asian Games
Host cityDelhi, India
Nations participating33
Athletes participating4,595
Events196 in 21 sports
Opening ceremonyNovember 19
Closing ceremonyDecember 4
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
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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 also 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 May 14, 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

Medal table

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

  *   Host nation (India)

1 China (CHN)615141153
2 Japan (JPN)575244153
3 South Korea (KOR)28283793
4 North Korea (PRK)17192056
5 India (IND)*13192557
6 Indonesia (INA)44715
7 Iran (IRI)44412
8 Pakistan (PAK)33511
9 Mongolia (MGL)3317
10 Philippines (PHI)23914
Totals (23 nations)199200215614

See also


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  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. 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.
Preceded by
Asian Games
New Delhi

IX Asiad (1982)
Succeeded by
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