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2023 Hangzhou Asian Olympic Games News

September 25, 2023

Voting for sports events committees is the best way to get the right people on board during organizational shifts. That’s what the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) did after the Asian Games 2023–originally scheduled for September 2022–were postponed last year. 

The committee took just a month to resolve the issue and set a new date that didn’t clash with any international sports event for the Asian Games–but why did it have to do this in the first place? 

Why Were the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games Postponed?

The 2023 Asian Games were postponed because of COVID-19, which spread rapidly in and around the host city of Hangzhou. 

The issue was essentially three-fold: the proximity to Shanghai, months-long lockdowns, and constant COVID resurgences that forced the Chinese government to limit travel into and out of the country.  

Importance of the Asian Games

The Asian Games are a diplomatic and cultural event that fosters friendship among countries across Asia, which have always been politically turbulent. They enable athletes from all kinds of backgrounds to show their skills and celebrate their passion for sports. 

The Games also promote understanding of Asian cultures, with millions flocking to Asian cities every year the event is held. This encourages cultural exchanges that can increase acceptance and respect, which is why the postponement of the 2023 Asian Games was such a shock. 

When Are the 2023 Asian Games Going to Be Held?

After the postponement announcement, the OCA created a committee to hold discussions with the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee (HAGOC), the Chinese Olympic Committee, and other stakeholders.  

The committee has announced the Asian Games will be held from September 23 to October 6, 2023, in Hangzhou City, with minor events taking place in Ningbo, Huzhou, Wenzhou, Jinhua, and Shaoxing. 

Who Is Participating in the Games?

More than 10,000 athletes from forty different countries are expected to participate in the Asian Games, such as:  

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bahrain 
  • Brunei
  • Bhutan
  • China (host)
  • Cambodia 
  • East Timor
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Myanmar
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia 
  • Macau
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Oman  

You can learn more about the 19th Asian Games on its official website. 

Sports Included in the Asian Olympic Games

The Games will include forty sports and sixty-one disciplines spread across fifty-four venues in Hangzhou and the other five co-host cities. These include the following: 

  • Competitive sports: Esports, archery, breaking, athletics, triathlon, equestrian, modern pentathlon, road cycling, track cycling, artistic gymnastics, cycling MTB, cycling BMX racing, weightlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics, xiangqi, chess, bridge, skateboarding, shooting, go, roller skating, wushu, and sport climbing
  • Ball sports: Football, basketball, 3-by-3 basketball, beach volleyball, volleyball, handball, tennis, soft tennis, table tennis, badminton, softball, golf, hockey, squash, sepaktakraw, cricket, baseball, and rugby sevens
  • Adversary sports: Boxing, taekwondo, wrestling, judo, ju-jitsu, kurash, fencing, kabaddi, and karate
  • Water sports:Water polo, dragon boat, canoe slalom, canoe sprint, marathon swimming, diving, sailing, rowing, artistic swimming, and swimming 

However, two roller skating events were canceled because of a lack of participating national Olympic committees. This could have been resolved by using an online voting system like ElectionBuddy to elect the right people for each zone. 

Event Schedule: 2023 Asian Games 

The torch relay will begin in Hangzhou on September 8th, with the first of the 2,022 torchbearers starting the walk at Youngjin Park. However, the actual event will begin on September 23rd, with the sports and disciplines being tested and the first gold medal being awarded on the next day. 

However, here’s an example timetable for the wrestling category: 

VenueXiaoshan Sports Centre Gymnasium
DateSessionTimeGenderEvent
9/30/2023 SaturdayWLF0110:00-12:00W49 kg Group B/55 kg Group B
15:00-17:00W49 kg Group A
19:00-21:00W55 kg Group A
10/1//2023 SundayWLF0210:00-12:00M61 kg Group B/67 kg Group B
15:00-17:00M61 kg Group A
19:00-21:00M67 kg Group A
10/2/2023 MondayWLF0310:00-12:00W59 kg Group B/64 kg Group B
15:00-17:00W59 kg Group A
19:00-21:00W64 kg Group A

You can look at the timetables for all forty sports and sixty-one disciplines on the 19th Asian Games’ sports page. 

Interested in learning more about the Asian Games? Check out our latest post on Olympic games results!

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