The 16 Day long Asian Games 2018 inaugurated on 18th August with a grand opening ceremony at Indonesia. India is all set to take on the opponents and improve the previous medal tally but for India, there are some pretty amazing moments associated with the Asian Games. From being the first country to host this sports fest to making history by claiming very first gold in different sports- the timeline is full of nerve breaking events. With this post, Gyan Please brings you some of the most remarkable moments for India in the previous Asian Games events.
Remarkable Moments For India Before Asian Games 2018
1951: India as the Host of First Asian Games
The Asian Games, otherwise called Asiad held at regular intervals yet had its facilitated by Indians in 1951. A sum of 489 competitors from 11 National Olympic Committees contended in 12 sports. Indian President inaugurated the Games at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
1951: India’s first Asiad gold
The Very First Medal at the Very First Asian Games and Sachin Nag did it for India. He made history by turning himself into India’s first Asian Games gold medalist in 100m freestyle swimming at 1951 Asian Games. Additionally, he added two bronze to his gold in 4x100m freestyle and 3x100m mixed in the same year.
Brilliant Goals of 1951 and 1962
Perhaps the Golden time of Indian football when the National Football team led by Salien Manna crushed Iran in the finals with 1-0 to win an auspicious Gold for the country. It also came as a major relief for the authorities, who did not send India for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil a year back.
1958: Asia’s Fastest Man
India’s sparkling period in track events has a considerable involvement including Milkha Singh. Regarded as ‘Flying Sikh’, Milkha Singh defeated Abdul Khaliq of Pakistan in 200 Meter Race to Win Gold Medal in 1958 Tokyo Asian Games and snatched away the title of Asia’s speediest man from him. He won two gold awards in 200m and 400m racing events.
1982: First Asian Game with a Mascot
The Games which authoritatively got inaugurated by Indian President at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. A Step surprised everyone in 1982 Asiad as it was the first Asian Games event to come with a mascot. The Mascot Appu – a kid elephant (died in 2005), also known as “Kuttinarayanan” was picked by the authorities for her unique abilities.
1982: A Complete Makeover of Delhi
The 1982 Asian Games carried fortune for Indian Capital city with various decorations. Likewise, It got back of the Olympic Council of Asia. India joined Bangkok as the main urban communities to have different occasions of the Asian Games. Alongside Infrastructure advancements and re-designs at few noted areas, the NCT of Delhi got a 60,000-seater Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium amid a similar period.
1982: Rain of Golds in Track Events
Milkha Singh in 1958 paved the way for India’ s PT Usha, who bettered the two silvers she won in 1982 Asian Games with golds. Known as ‘The Payyoli Express’ by locals in Kerala, smashed the records in the 200m, 400m, 400m and 4x400m hand-off to win five individual awards including four golds for the country.
1998: India as the First billiards Champions
Asian Games 1998 incorporated Billiards for the first time. Indian Duo of Geet Sethi and Ashok Shandilya made history by winning the gold for India in the English billiards event. Five-time world billiards champion Geet Sethi pronounced this accomplishment as the most special moment of his life.
1998: When the Indian hockey team Shocked the World
A Team led by Dhanraj Pillai gave motivating exhibitions, beating South Korea in a shootout to secure gold. Captain Pillai was in a terrific form then and scored 11 goals himself in six matches (out of total 24 scored by Indian Team) to guarantee that they return back home with their heads held high. With this, they finally avenged their humiliation in the World Cup.
1998: India’s First Gold decoration in Boxing
1998 Bangkok Asian Games put a halt on India’s 16-year long wait to box brilliance when Dingko Singh won a gold medal in the in the 54 kg category. He got through a very challenging elimination round to achieve this feat. You will be surprised to know that his name was cleared at the last moment for the Asiad.
2014: First Women Boxer with a Gold Medal
Pride of India MC Mary Kom secured a gold in the Incheon Asian Games 2014 held in South Korea. The five-time world champion and Olympic bronze medallist, who had won a bronze in inaugural women boxing event at the 2010 Asiad, defeated Zhaina Shekerbekova in the finals.