Israel at the
Asian Games
IOC codeISR
NOCOlympic Committee of Israel
Medals
Ranked 23rd
Gold
18
Silver
16
Bronze
19
Total
53
Summer appearances

Israel competed at the Asian Games five times, from 1954 to 1974.

History

Israel, after its founding in 1948 began applying to the International Olympic Committee for membership. This was granted in 1952, allowing them to first participate in the Asian Games in 1954.

Israel was part of the Asian Games Federation and participated in the games from 1954 through 1974. In 1981 the Asian Games Federation was organized as the Olympic Council of Asia and for political reasons Israel was excluded.[1] Following this, in 1982, it was voted on to permanently ban Israel from the Asian Games.[2]

Prior to that, Israel was twice unable to participate in the Games of 1962[3] and 1978,[4] also for political reasons. In 1962 the host country Indonesia, refused to permit the participation of Israel due to political reasons, stating it would cause issues with their relationship with the Arab countries.[5] In July 1976 the 25 members of the Asian Games Federation were canvassed to see if Israel should participate in the 1978 Games, with all 12 responses received voting against the inclusion of Israel.[6]

As of now, Israel participates in the European Games, after joining in the 2015 inaugural edition.

Medals

Main article: Asian Games medal count

Medals by Asian Games

Games Rank Gold Silver Bronze Total
1954 Manila[7] 7 2 1 1 4
1958 Tokyo[8] 14 0 0 2 2
1962 Jakarta did not participate
1966 Bangkok[9] 9 3 5 3 11
1970 Bangkok[10] 6 6 6 5 17
1974 Tehran[11] 6 7 4 8 19
1978 Bangkok did not participate
Total 19 18 16 19 53

Medals by sport

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics113519
Basketball2103
Diving1102
Fencing0011
Football0101
Shooting2428
Swimming14611
Tennis1113
Weightlifting0145
Totals (9 entries)18161953

1954 Asian Games

Main article: Israel at the 1954 Asian Games

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics1001
Diving1102
Shooting0011
Totals (3 entries)2114

1958 Asian Games

Main article: Israel at the 1958 Asian Games

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics0022
Totals (1 entries)0022

1966 Asian Games

Main article: Israel at the 1966 Asian Games

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics2013
Basketball1001
Shooting0101
Swimming0426
Totals (4 entries)35311

1970 Asian Games

Main article: Israel at the 1970 Asian Games

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics4217
Basketball0101
Shooting2316
Swimming0033
Totals (4 entries)66517

1974 Asian Games

Main article: Israel at the 1974 Asian Games

GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotal
Athletics4116
Basketball1001
Fencing0011
Football0101
Swimming1012
Tennis1113
Weightlifting0145
Totals (7 entries)74819

References

  1. ^ Israelis Facing Asian Ban
  2. ^ "Israeli Entry Doomed by Vote (Published 1982)". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2022-07-25.
  3. ^ "JAKARTA 1962". Archived from the original on 2016-01-01. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  4. ^ "BANGKOK 1978". Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  5. ^ Indonesian Paper Urges Exclusion of Israel from Asian Sport Games
  6. ^ Asian Games Ban Israel
  7. ^ "Manila 1954". Archived from the original on 2016-11-28. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  8. ^ "Tokyo 1958". Archived from the original on 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  9. ^ Bangkok 1966
  10. ^ Bangkok 1970
  11. ^ "Tehran 1974". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2015-06-16.