XX Asian Games
Host cityNagoya and Aichi Prefecture, Japan
MottoImagine One Asia (Japanese: ここで、ひとつに, romanizedKoko de, hitotsu ni)[1]
Nations47
Opening19 September 2026
Closing4 October 2026
Opened byEmperor Naruhito (expected)
Main venuePaloma Mizuho Stadium
Websiteaichi-nagoya2026.org
Summer
Winter

The 2026 Asian Games (Japanese: 2026年アジア競技大会, romanized2026-nen Ajia kyōgi taikai), also known as 20th Asian Games (Japanese: 第20回アジア競技大会, romanizedDai-20-kai Ajia kyōgi taikai) and Aichi-Nagoya 2026, will be a multi-sport event celebrated around the Aichi Prefecture in Japan from 19 September to 4 October 2026. The prefecture capital Nagoya will be the epicenter of the events.[2] Nagoya will be the third Japanese city to host the Asian Games, after Tokyo in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994. The event is set to return to its traditional 4-year cycle, after the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China were postponed to 2023 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bidding process

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) selected Nagoya to host the Games at their annual general assembly session in Danang, Vietnam, on September 25, 2016.[3] The bid was initially in threat of falling apart after a budget dispute between Aichi Prefecture and its capital Nagoya, but was resolved, allowing the bid to be accepted.[4] The OCA originally planned to choose the 2026 host city in 2018, but brought the planning date forward due to the intensity of the region's sporting calendar, including the next three Olympic Games between 2018 and 2022 (held in Pyeongchang, Tokyo and Beijing).[5]

2026 Asian Games bidding results
City NOC Round 1
Nagoya  Japan Unanimous

Development and preparations

Costs

The city of Nagoya received an estimate of roughly ¥85 billion in costs from the Aichi Prefecture government for the event, 30% of which is expected to be covered by sponsorships and other revenue, while the remainder is planned to be split on a 70–30 basis between Nagoya and Aichi Prefecture.[4]

Venues

Nagoya Civic General Gymnasium
Okazaki Chuo Sogo Park
Toyota Stadium

In addition to Nagoya, 16 other cities across Aichi Prefecture and main Japanese Metropolitan Regions will host Games events. This list includes 6 cities or yards in the Greater Tokyo Area that their venues also hosted events during the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.The planing of the Games expected that Paloma Mizuho Stadium will host both the opening and closing ceremonies and athletics, Nippon Gaishi Hall is to be used for both gymnastics and aquatics, the Vantelin Dome Nagoya is to be used for baseball, and the Toyota Stadium is to be used as football main venue.[3]

Nagoya

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Mizuho Athletic Stadium Ceremonies, Athletics (track and field) 35,000 [6]
Paloma Mizuho Rugby Stadium Football, Rugby Sevens 11,900 [6]
Paloma Mizuho Arena Sepak Takraw 1,500
Nippon Gaishi Hall Gymnastics, Aquatics (water polo and artistic swimming) 10,000
3,500
Downtown Nagoya Athletics (marathon and racewalking)
Nagoya Inae Sports Center Handball 2,400
Nagoya Trade and Industry Center Weightlifting 1,500
Obata Ryokuchi Urban Forest Cycling (mountain bike)
Aichi International Arena Judo 18,000
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium Breaking 7,500
Nagoya Velodrome Cycling (BMX) 1,500
Aichi Country Club Higashiyama Course Golf
Nagoya City Higashiyama Park Tennis Center Tennis, soft tennis 1,800
Nagoya International Exhibition Hall Sport climbing, Aquatics (swimming and diving)
Vantelin Dome Nagoya Baseball 36,000
Aichi Budokan Kurash, Wushu, Jujitsu 1,500
Takeda Teva Ocean Arena Squash 2,569
CS Asset Minato Soccer Stadium Football 6,700 [6]

Aichi Prefecture

Venue City Sports Capacity Ref.
Shinmaiko Marine Park Chita Aquatics (marathon swimming)
Okazaki Central Park Okazaki Archery, Shooting
Okazaki Central Park General Gymnasium Okazaki Volleyball (indoor) 5,000
Okazaki Municipal Baseball Stadium Okazaki Baseball 20,000
Ichinomiya City Municipal Gymnasium Ichinomiya Badminton 2,000
Wing Arena Kariya Kariya Basketball 2,400
Kariya Hockey Stadium Kariya Hockey 2,400
Nishio City General Gymnasium Nishio Boxing 2,000
Air Sky Expo Tokoname Esports, Fencing, Skateboarding
Kasugai City General Gymnasium Kasugai Handball 2,000
Sky Hall Toyota Toyota Table tennis 6,000
Aichi General Shooting Range Toyota Shooting 6,000
Yahagi River Canoe Slalom Course Toyota Canoeing (slalom)
Anjo Sports Park Anjō Modern pentathlon, Softball
Toyoda Gosei Memorial Gymnasium Inazawa Handball 3,600
Toyohashi City General Gymnasium Toyohashi Karate, Taekwondo 2,100
Toyohashi Municipal Baseball Stadium Toyohashi Softball 16,000
Shinshiro Road Cycling Course Shinshiro Cycling (road)
Chukyo Racecourse Toyoake Equestrian 2,100
Kaiyoh Yacht Harbor Gamagōri Sailing, Triathlon
Park Arena Komaki Komaki Volleyball (indoor) 5,000
Hekinan Ryokuchi Beach Court Hekinan Volleyball (beach) 5,000
Akabane Long Beach Stadium Okazaki Volleyball (beach), Surfing 5,000
Tokai Citizens Gymnasium Tōkai Kabaddi
Toyota Stadium Toyota Football 44,692 [6]
Wave Stadium Kariya Kariya Football 2,602

Outside Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya

Gifu Prefecture
Venue City Sports Capacity Ref.
Nagaragawa International Regatta Course Kaizu Canoeing (sprint), Rowing
Gifu Prefectural Green Stadium Kakamigahara Hockey 4,000
Gifu Memorial Center Gifu Volleyball (indoor) 4,500
Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium Gifu Football 26,109
Shizuoka Prefecture
Venue City Sports Capacity Ref.
Furuhashi Hironoshin Memorial Hamamatsu Swimming Center Hamamatsu Aquatics (water polo)
Izu Velodrome Izu Cycling (track) 1,800
Shizuoka Stadium Fukuroi Football 50,889
Tokyo
Venue City Sports Capacity Ref.
Tokyo Aquatics Centre Kōtō Aquatics (water polo) 10,000
Tokyo Equestrian Park Setagaya Equestrian 4,500
Outlying football venues
Venue Location Capacity Ref.
Kyoto Stadium Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture 21,600
Nagai Stadium Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 47,816
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture 35,910

The Games

Sports

2026 Asian Games Sports Programme [7]
  • Aquatics
    • Artistic swimming
    • Diving
    • Marathon swimming
    • Swimming
    • Water polo
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
    • Baseball
    • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Breakdancing
  • Canoeing
    • Slalom
    • Sprint
  • Cycling
    • BMX
    • Mountain bike
    • Road
    • Track
  • Equestrian
  • Esports
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
    • Artistic
    • Rhythmic
    • Trampoline
  • Handball
  • Ju-jitsu
  • Judo
  • Kabaddi
  • Karate
  • Kurash
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Rowing
  • Rugby sevens
  • Sailing
  • Sepak takraw
  • Shooting
  • Skateboarding
  • Sport climbing
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
    • Soft tennis
    • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
    • Beach volleyball
    • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu

Core Sports

33 sports from the 2024 Summer Olympics (including surfing as a new sport) + 9 other sports.

Five regional sports that was nominated by each region of the Olympic Council of Asia:

  1. Wushu (sport) (East Asia)
  2. Sepak takraw (Southeast Asia)
  3. Kabaddi (South Asia)
  4. Kurash (Central Asia)
  5. Jujitsu (West Asia)

Five sports who will be part of the 2020, 2024, and 2028 Summer Olympics programs:

  1. Baseball/Softball
  2. Dancesport (Breakdancing)
  3. Karate
  4. Roller sports (Skateboarding)
  5. Squash

Sport that entered due a common sense between AINAGOC (Aichi-Nagoya Asian Games Organizing Committee) and the OCA:

  1. Esports

Participation

All 47 National Olympic Committees who are members of the Olympic Council of Asia are expected to send delegations.

Participating National Olympic Committees
  •  Afghanistan
  •  Australia
  •  Bahrain
  •  Bangladesh
  •  Bhutan
  •  Brunei
  •  Cambodia
  •  China
  •  Hong Kong
  •  India
  •  Indonesia
  •  Iran
  •  Iraq
  •  Japan (host)
  •  Jordan
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Kuwait
  •  Kyrgyzstan
  •  Laos
  •  Lebanon
  •  Macau
  •  Malaysia
  •  Maldives
  •  Mongolia
  •  Myanmar
  •  Nepal
  •  New Zealand
  •  North Korea
  •  Papua New Guinea
  •  Oman
  •  Pakistan
  •  Palestine
  •  Philippines
  •  Qatar
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Singapore
  •  South Korea
  •  Sri Lanka
  •  Syria
  •  Chinese Taipei
  •  Tajikistan
  •  Thailand
  •  East Timor
  •  Turkmenistan
  •  United Arab Emirates
  •  Uzbekistan
  •  Vietnam
  •  Yemen

See also

References

  1. ^ "Aichi-Nagoya announces 'Imagine One Asia' as slogan for 2026 Asian Games". ocasia.org. Olympic Council of Asia. 18 October 2019.
  2. ^ "2026 Asian Games to be held in autumn to avoid summer heat in Japan". Xinhuanet. xinhuanet.com. 19 August 2018. Archived from the original on 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Butler, Nick (25 September 2016). "Aichi and Nagoya officially awarded 2026 Asian Games". inside the games. insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b Mackay, Duncan (15 September 2016). "Joint bid from Nagoya and Aichi for 2026 Asian Games approved by JOC after budget dispute settled". inside the games. insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Nagoya 2026 Asian Games: Mayor promises 'fun', even as Japan looks at packed international schedule". F.Sports. firstpost.com. 25 September 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d https://www.aichi-nagoya2026.org/en/assets/file/tournament/plan1.pdf
  7. ^ https://www.aichi-nagoya2026.org/en/tournament/competition/
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