Asian Games Participating Countries

The precursor of the Asian Games, the Far Eastern Championship Games (called the Oriental Olympics at the time) were held in Manila, the Philippines, in 1913, with six participating countries: Philippines, Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

The first Asian Games in 1951 had 11 participating countries, with the latest Games in 2010 having 45 nations and 9704 athletes competing. Only seven countries have competed in all editions of the games: India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Thailand.

Number of nations and athletes at each Asian Games

Year Host Nations Athletes
2018 Jakarta, Indonesia
2014 Incheon, South Korea 45 9501
2010 Guangzhou, China 45 9704
2006 Doha, Qatar 45 9520
2002 Busan, South Korea 44 7711
1998 Bangkok, Thailand 41 6554
1994 Hiroshima, Japan 42 6828
1990 Beijing, China 36 6122
1986 Seoul, South Korea 27 4839
1982 New Delhi, India 23 3411
1978 Bangkok, Thailand 19 3842
1974 Tehran, Iran 19 3010
1970 Bangkok, Thailand 16 2400
1966 Bangkok, Thailand 16 1945
1962 Jakarta, Indonesia 12 1460
1958 Tokyo, Japan 16 1820
1954 Manila, Philippines 19 970
1951 New Delhi, India 11 489

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