Asian Games 2010
16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010
Date: November 12 to November 27, 2010
Host City: Guangzhou, China
Co-host Cities: Shanwei, Dongguan, Foshan
Vision: Thrilling Guangzhou Harmonious Asia
The Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over the Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation (AGF) from the first Games in New Delhi, India until the 1982 Games. Since the 1982 they have been organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), after the break up of the Asian Games Federation. The Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and are described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
Thailand has hosted four Asian Games, more than any other nation, after twice having secured the Games from crisis. In its history, only nine nations have hosted the Asian Games. 46 nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was expelled from the Games after their last participation in 1974..
42 competitions will be hold during 16 days of the 16the Asian Games, among which there are 28 Olympic sports and 14 non-Olympic sports. Several debutant sports are added as unique to the Games, including Cricket, Dancesport, Dragon Boat, Weiqi and Roller sport.
All 45 members of Olympic Council of Asia participating in the Games. All National Olympic Committees shall submitted their entry before September 30, 2010. According to the data from GAGOC, some 10,156 athletes and 4,202 team officials took part in the Games.