Asian Games No Longer Considering Addition of Australia

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 19, 2017

Athletes from both countries competed a the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, as guests earlier this year - and Australia said talks were being held over joining the summer Games.

But this did not ultimately materialise as Jakarta in Indonesia was instead chosen for an event which reverted back to its initial year of 2018. In February of this year, we reported how Australia was hoping to join the party, with its Olympic Committee President, John Coates, pursuing bringing a full delegation of athletes to the 2022 version set for Hangzhou, China.

Nineteen Oceania nations are represented for the first time at the ongoing Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan but OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah said the Asian Games was already too big.

"With the Asian Games we are already at 15,000 athletes and officials and we can not add to that number".

"In the Beach Games and Indoor Games we can continue to have our coordination and cooperation, but for the Asian Games the number is very high and we cannot have an Olympic Village with more than 15,000 people".

"Particularly in sports where the Asian countries are strong such as gymnastics, badminton and table tennis".

"That's nearly an Olympic Games - we can not add more to our main Games in Asia", he continued.

Meanwhile, the on-going Asian Indoor Games has seen India yet to open its tally, but with favourable sports such as mat wrestling scheduled for day one, all that is likely to change.

"We have to evaluate our current feasibility plan for the tournament, but we are confident of hosting a Games, which will introduce a new facet to our sporting ecosystem", Ramachandran was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

An idea still being bounced around is the possibility of Australia initiating the creation of a multi-sport Games specifically for Oceania, akin to the newer European Games.

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