IX Asian Games
Friendship, Fraternity, Forever
Host cityDelhi, India
Events196 in 21 sports
Opening19 November 1982
Closing4 December 1982
Opened byZail Singh
President of India
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

The 9th Asian Games were held from 19 November to 4 December 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 cities to host multiple editions of the Asian Games up to this point. Later, Jakarta and Doha would enter this group.[2]

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 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.[citation needed]

The mascot for the Games was Appu – a young elephant, based on a real-life one named Kuttinarayanan, who died on 14 May 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

1982 Asian Games Mascot "Appu"

Main article: 1982 Asian Games medal table

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

China won Asian Games for the first time by defeating Japan in gold medal tally, and has become the defending winning team since.

  *   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 (IRN)44412
8 Pakistan (PAK)33511
9 Mongolia (MGL)3317
10 Philippines (PHI)23914
Totals (23 entries)199200215614

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Olympic Council of Asia : Games". ocasia.org. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "IX Asian Games". Pakistan Sports Board's official website. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. 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. ^ "Asiad Appu dies of high fever". thehimalayantimes.com. 13 May 2005. Archived from the original on 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Flashback 1982: The Asian Games that transformed Delhi". Archived from the original on 20 August 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  7. ^ "1982-Colour television is introduced: Out of the dark ages". Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
Preceded byBangkok Asian Games New Delhi IX Asiad (1982) Succeeded bySeoul