The 2023 Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8. The games were initially scheduled for 2022 but were postponed due to COVID-19. The 15-day event will feature 40 sports, and athletes from all over Asia will compete for top honours.
The games will feature 482 events in 40 sports, including newly added esports and breakdancing. Over 10,000 athletes from 45 countries are expected to compete. The opening ceremony will be held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center, and the closing ceremony will be held at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Stadium. The mascot for the games is a panda named "Àihuā" (爱化), which means "lovely flower" in Chinese.
The Asian Games are the second largest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympic Games. They are a chance for athletes from all over Asia to compete in a variety of sports and showcase their talents to the world. The 2023 Asian Games are sure to be a major sporting event, and they are sure to produce some exciting competition.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has organised the Asian Games every four years since 1982. The Asian Games is a major continental multi-sport event that brings together athletes from all over Asia. The upcoming 2023 Asian Games will be the 19th edition of this prestigious event.
India at the Asian Games
India has a long and storied history at the Asian Games. The country has participated in every edition of the games since the inaugural event in 1951 and has won a total of 672 medals, including 155 golds. In recent years, Indian participation in the Asian Games has increased significantly. At the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, India sent a contingent of 570 athletes to compete in 36 different sports. This was the most prominent Indian contingent ever sent to the Asian Games.
India has a unique historical connection to the Asian Games. The country hosted the inaugural event in 1951 and finished second in the medal table behind Japan. India has also hosted the Asian Games on two other occasions, in 1982 and 1998.
India will be looking to improve their medal tally at the 2023 Asian Games. Their best finish was in 2018 when they won a total of 70 medals. India has won a total of 672 medals in the Asian Games, including 155 gold medals.
Here is a look at the Indian athletes and squads who have qualified for the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou (Final Updated List):
Men - Tarundeep Rai, Neeraj Chauhan, Dhiraj Bommadevara, Atanu Das (Recurve); Ojas Deotale, Rajat Chauhan, Prathamesh Jawkar (Compound), Mrinal Chauhan, Tushar Shelke (Recurve) Abhishek Verma (Compound)
Women - Aditi Jaiswal, Ankita Bhakat, Bhajan Kaur, Simranjeet Kaur (Recurve); Avneet Kaur, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Aditi Swami, Sakshi Chaudhary (Compound) Prachi Singh (Recurve), Parneet Kaur (Compound)
Men - Neeraj Chopra, Kishore Kumar Jena, Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Sahib Singh, Sandeep Kumar, Akshdeep Singh, Sreeshanker, Jeswin Aldrin Johnson, Praveen Chitravel, Abdulla Aboobacker Narangolintevida, Ajay Kumar Saroj, Jinson Johnson, Krishan Kumar, Muhammed Afsal Pulikkalakath, Santosh Kumar Tamilarasan, Yashas Palaksha, Karthik Kumar, Gulveer Singh, Avinash Mukund, Sarvesh Anil Kushare, Jesse Sandesh, Tejaswin Shanker, Ram Baboo, Man Singh, Belliappa Appachangada, Nihal Joel William, Rahul Baby, Muhammed Anas, Muhammed Ajmal, Arokia Rajiv, Amoj Jacob, Mijo Chacko Kurian, Rajesh Ramesh, Arul Rajalingam
Women - Shaili Singh, Ancy Sojan Edappilly, Ankita, Parul Chaudhary, Annu Rani, Kiran Baliyan, Manpreet Kaur, Priyanka, Manju Rani, Vithya Ramraj, Sinchal Kaveramma, Swapna Barman, Nandini Agasara, Harmilan Bains, Chanda, Deeksha, Tanya Chaudhary, Rachna Kumari, Rubina Yadav, Pooja, Jyothi Yarraji, Pavithra Venkatesh, Sheena Nellickal Varkey, Nithya Ramraj, Soniya Baishya, Florence Barla, Subha Venkateshan, Aishwarya Kailash Mishra, Himanshi Malik, Jisna Mathew, Seema Punia
Men - HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen, Mithun Manjunath, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Dhruv Kapila, MR Arjun Rohan Kapoor, Sai Pratheek K
Women - PV Sindhu, Ashmita Chaliha, Anupama Upadhyaya, Malvika Bansod, Gayatri Gopichand, Treesa Jolly, Ashwini Ponnappa, Tanisha Crasto, N Sikki Reddy
Men - Deepak Bhoria, Sachin Siwach, Shiva Thapa, Nishant Dev, Lakshya Chahar, Sanjeet, Narender Berwal
Women - Nikhat Zareen, Preeti Pawar, Parveen Hooda, Jaismine Lamboria, Arundhati Chaudhary, Lovlina Borgohain
Men - Jaggy Shivdasani, Sandeep Thakral, Rajeshwar Tiwari, Sumit Mukherjee, Raju Tolani, Ajay Khare - Men Team
Women - Asha Sharma, Puja Batra, Alka Kshirsagar, Bharti Dey, Kalpana Gurjar, Vidya Patel - Women's Team
Mixed Team - Kiran Nadar, B Satyanarayana, Himani Khandelwal, Rajeev Khandelwal, Marianne Karmarkar, Sandeep Karmarkar
Women - Manmeet Kaur, Stephy Nixon, Poonam Chaturvedi, Madhu Kumari, Shireen Vijay Limaye, Nishanthi Masilamani, Sanjana Ramesh, Sreekala Rani, Sruthy Rathinavel, Pushpa Senthil Kumar, Sathiya Senthilkumar, Dharshini
Men - Amarendra Nayak, Kanwar Gurbaz Sandhu, Lokendra Singh
Women - Anumaria Shaju, Siya Deodhar, Vaishnavi Yadav
Men - Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam, Rojit Singh Yanglem, David Beckham Elkatohchoongo, Esow, Harshveer Singh Sekhon, Vishavjeet Singh
Women - Celestina, Triyasha Paul, Mayuri Dhanraj, Sushikala Agashe
Men - Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, Gukesh D, Vidit Gujrathi, Arjun Erigaisi, Pentala Harikrishna
Women - Koneru Humpy, Harika Dronavalli, Vaishali Rameshbabu, Vantika Agrawal, Savitha Shri B
Cricket has been featured in the Asian Games twice, in 2010 and 2014. Bangladesh won the men's gold medal in 2010, while Sri Lanka won in 2014. Pakistan won the women's gold medal in both editions. The sport was not included in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
Indian men's cricket team: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rahul Tripathi, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Shivam Mavi, Shivam Dube, Prabhsimran Singh, Yash Thakur, Sai Kishore, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Sai Sudarsan.
Indian women's cricket team: Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Anjali Sarvani, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry, Anusha Bareddy, Harleen Deol, Kashvee Gautam, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque, Pooja Vastrakar.
Men - Siddharth Bajrang Pardeshi, Heman London Singh.
Anush Agarwalla, Hriday Chheda, Divyakirti Singh, Sudipti Hejala, Ashish Limaye, Raju Singh Bhadoria, Apoorva Dabade, Vikas Kumar, Pranay Khare, Yashaan Khambatta, Zahaan Setalvad, Amar Sarin, Deepanshu Sheoran.
Charanjot Singh, Karman Singh Tikka, Mayank Prajapati, Ayan Biswas, Akshaj Shenoy, Samarth Arvind Trivedi, Mihir Ranjan, Aditya Selvaraj, Aakash Shandilya, Sanindhya Malik, Darshan, Krish, Abhishek, Ketan, Shubham.
Men - Sunil Kumar, Shankar Pandey, Udayvir Singh, Sherjin, Arjun, Dev, Bibish Kathireshan, Akash Kumar, Karan Singh Gurjar, Gisho Kumaresan, Vishal Thapar, Abhay Shinde
Women - Taniksha Khatri, Ena Arora, Yashkeerat Kaur, Jyotika Dutta, Radhika Awati, Mariya Akshita, V. P. Mahalakshmi, Jenisha, Bhavani Devi, Jagmeet Kaur, Rishika Khujuria, Joshna Christy Jose
The men's football event at the Asian Games has been an under-23 competition since 2002, with each team allowed a maximum of three players over the age of 23.
The Indian men's football team has been drawn in Group A alongside hosts China, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
India has won two gold medals (1951, 1962) and one bronze medal (1970) in the men's football event at the Asian Games. The 2023 Asian Games will be the 16th appearance of the Indian men's football team at the event.
Indian men's football team: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Gurmeet Singh, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Narender Gahlot, Lalchungnunga, Akash Mishra, Roshan Singh, Ashish Rai, Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Apuia Ralte, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Rahul KP, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Siva Sakthi Narayanan, Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav, Vikram Partap Singh, Rohit Danu, Sunil Chhetri
Women's team - Astam Oraon, Jyoti, Manisha, Renu, Ritu Rani, Sanju, Sangita Basfore, Elangbam Chanu, Dalima Chhibber, Grace Dangmei, Soumya Guguloth, Shreya Hooda, Idumathi Kathiresan, Ashalata Devi, Priyanka Devi, Sowmiya Narayanasamy, Sweety Devi, Bala Devi, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Ranjana Chanu, Anju Tamang, Pyari Xaxa
Men - Anirban Lahiri, Shubhankar Sharma, Shiv Chawrasia, Khalin Joshi
Women - Aditi Ashok, Avani Prashanth, Pranavi Urs
Men - Yogeshwar Singh, Rakesh Patra, Tapan Mohanty, Gaurav Kumar, Satyajit Mondal, Anas Ali Shaikh, Saif Tamboli (Reserves).
Women - Dipa Karmakar, Pranati Das, Pranati Nayak, Protistha Samanta, Bidisha Gayen (Reserves)
Indian women's handball team - Bhawana, Diksha Kumari, Menika, Priyanka, Sonika, Sushma, Pooja Kanwar, Asha Rani, Mitali Sharma, Nidhi Sharma, Nina Shil, Jyoti Shukla, Shiva Singh, Tejaswani Singh, Priyanka Thakur, Shalini Thakur
Indian men’s hockey team - Abhishek, Gurjant Singh, Hardik Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sanjay, Shamser Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, Sumit, Varun Kumar, Sreejesh Parattu, Krishan Bahadur, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Amit Rohidas, Nilakanta Sharma, Lalit Kumar
Indian women’s hockey team - Deepika, Lalremsiami, Monika, Navneet Kaur, Neha, Nisha, Savita, Sonika, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Deep Grace Ekka, Vandana Katariya, Bichu Devi Sangita Kumari, Vaishnavi Vitthal, Nikki Pradhan, Sushila Chanu, Salima Tete
Men - Kamal Singh, Tarun Yadav, Siddharth Singh, Akshat Sahu, Anniruddha Verma, Vinod Rana, Amarjeet Singh, Uma Maheshwar Reddy
Women - Nanvya Pandey, Anwesha Deb, Rohini Kalam, Anupama Swain, Angitha Shyju, Nikita Choudhary, Kiran Kumari, Annu - Women’s 63kg
Men - Avtar Singh
Women - Garima Chaudhary, Indubala Devi, Tulika Maan
Men - Mesom Singhi
Women - Abab Sangdo, Johny Mangkhiya
Men - Yash Kumar Chauhan
Women - Pincky Balhara
Kayaking & Canoeing
Men - Sunil Singh Salam, Hitesh Kewat, Subham Kewat, Vishal Kewat, Ribason Singh, Gyaneshwor Singh, Arjun Singh, Niraj Verma
Women - Shikha Chauhan, Shivani Verma, Megha Pradeep, Kaveri, Neha Devi, Binita Chanu, Parvathy Geeta, Dimita Devi, Soniya Devi
Men - Nitesh Kumar, Parvesh, Sachin, Surjeet, Vishal Bhardwaj, Arjun Deshwal, Aslam Inamdar, Naveen Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Nitin Rawal, Akash Shinde
Women - Akshima, Jyoti, Pooja, Pooja, Priyanka, Pushpa, Sakshi Kumari, Ritu Negi, Nidhi Sharma, Sushma Sharma, Snehal Pradeep, Sonali Vishnu
Men - Balraj Panwar, Satnam Singh, Parminder Singh, Jakar Khan, Sukhmeet Singh, Arvind Singh, Arjun Lal Jat, Babu Lal Yadav, Lekh Ram, Jaswinder Singh, Bheem Singh, Punit Kumar, Ashish, Neeraj, Naresh Kalwaniya, Neetesh Kumar, Charanjeet Singh, DU Pande
- Ashish Goliyan, Kulwinder Singh (Substitutes)
Women - Kiran, Anshika Bharti, Aswathi P.B, Mrunamayee Nilesh S, Thangjam Priya Devi, Rukmani, Sonali Swain, Ritu Kaudi, Varsha K.B., H Tendenthoi Devi, G Geetanjali
- Rose Mestica Meril A, Archa Aji (Substitutes)
Women’s Team - Akanksha Katkade, Dumuni Marndi, Mama Naik, Tarulata Naik, Lachmi Oraon, Kalyani Patil, Sandhya Rai, Nirmalya Rout, Sweta Shahi, Sheetal Sharma, Shikha Yadav
Rugby - Women’s Team TBA
Men - Chitresh Tatha, Adhvait Menon, Vishnu Saravanan, Jerome Kumar, Ebad Ali, K. C. Ganapathy, Varun Thakkar, Sudhanshu Shekhar
Women - Katya Ida Coelho, Ishwariya Ganesh, Neha Thakur, Nethra Kumanan, Harshita Tomar, Ramya Sarvanan, Kiran Doiphode, Preethi Kongara
Indian men's sepak takraw team (quadrant and regu) - Arjun, Niken Singh, John Meitei, Henry Singh, Akash Yumnam, Shiva Kumar, Sandeep Kumar, Malemnganba Singh Sorokhaibam
Indian women's sepak takraw team (quadrant and regu) - Khushbu, Maipak Devi, Leirentonbi Devi, Priya Devi, Chaoba Devi, Ayekpam Priya Devi, Sezovellu Dozo, Seyiekhrieno Tepa
Men - Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rudrankksh Patil, Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar, Akhil Sheoran, Swapnil Kusale, Sarabjot Singh, Shiva Narwal, Arjun Singh Cheema, Anish Bhanwala, Vijayveer Sidhu, Adarsh Singh, Prithviraj Toindaman, Kynan Chenai, Zoravar Singh Sandhu, Anantjeet Singh Naruka, Angad Vir Singh Bajwa, Gurjoat Singh Khangura
Women - Ramita, Mehuli Ghosh, Ashi Chouksey, Sift Kaur Samra, Manini Kaushik, Divya T.S., Esha Singh, Palak Gulia, Rhythm Sangwan, Manu Bhaker, Manisha Keer, Preeti Rajak, Rajeshwari Kumari, Ganemat Sekhon, Parinaaz Dhaliwal, Darsha Rathore
Women - Nani Sonam, Urmila Padable, Aadya Aditi, Dhruvi Lakhotia
Men - Saurav Ghosal, Abhay Singh, Mahesh Mangaonkar, Harinderpal Singh Sandhu
Women - Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Anahat Singh, Tanvi Khanna
Men - Aneesh Gowda, Advait Page, Aryan Nehra, Anand AS, Kushagra Rawat, Likith SP, Sajan Prakash, Srihari Nataraj, Tanish George Matthew, Utkarsh Satosh Patil, Vishal Grewal, Virdhawal Khade, Siddarth Bajrang Pardeshi, London Singh Hemam.
Women - Ananya Nayak, Dinidhi Desinghu, Hashika Ramachandran, Linyesha AK, Maana Patel, Nina Venkatesh, Palak Joshi, Shivangi Sarma, Vritti Agarwal
Men - Aman Verma, Bharath Stephen Kamath, Dhiraj Dinkar
Women - Anisha Verma, Shivpreet Pannu, Prateeksha Kajane, Saniya Farooque Shaikh
Men - Jay Meena, Aniket Chirag, Rajveer Mahendrasinh, Aditya Dubey, Rohit Dhiman
Women - Aadhya Tiwari, Tushita Singh, Nikita Bishnoi, Raga Sri Kulandaivelu, Anusha Nelakuditi
Men - Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran, Harmeet Desai, Manav Thakkar, Manush Shah
- SFR Snehit, Sanil Shetty (Reserve)
Women - Manika Batra, Sreeja Akula, Sutirtha Mukherjee, Ayhika Mukherjee, Diya Chitale
- Archana Kamath, Reeth Rishya (Reserve)
Men - Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Rohan Bopanna, Saketh Myneni, Yuki Bhambri, Mukund Sasikumar
Women - Ankita Raina, Karman Kaur Thandi, Sahaja Yamlapalli, Rutuja Bhosle, Prarthana Thombare, Vaidehi Chaudhari
Pragnya Mohan, Riddhi Kadam
Indian men's volleyball team - Amit, Vinit Kumar, Shameemudheen Ammarambath, Muthusamy Appavu, Hari Prasad, Rohit Kumar, Manoj Lakshmipuram, Ukkrapandian Mohan, Ashwal Rai, Santosh Sahaya, Guru Prasanth, Erin Varghese
Indian women's volleyball team - Nirmal, Soorya, Minimol Abraham, Jincy Johnson, Anusree Kambrath, Aswani Kandoth, Jini Kovat Shaji, Saranya Salikumar, Shilpa Sindhu, Aswathi Raveendran, Shaalini Saravanan, Suji Vijayan
Men - Achinta Sheuli, N Ajith
Women - Mirabai Chanu, Bindyarani Devi
Men - Surya Bhanu Partap Singh, Vikrant Baliyan, Sunil Singh, Anjul Namdeo, Suraj Singh, Rohit Jadhav
Women - Onilu Tega, Roshibina Devi, Nyeman Wangsu, Mepung Lamgu
Men - Aman Sehrawat, Bajrang Punia, Yash, Deepak Punia, Vicky, Sumit, Gyanender, Neeraj, Vikash, Sunil Kumar, Narinder Cheema, Naveen, Vishal Kaliraman (Standby for Bajrang Punia)
Women - Pooja Gehlot, Vinesh Phogat, Mansi Ahlawat, Sonam Malik, Radhika, Kiran Bishnoi
Rishab is an aspiring sports journalist, currently pursuing his master’s in multimedia journalism at Christ University, Bangalore. Having previously worked with various organizations such as TheNewsMinute, TimesNetwork, DeccanHerald, and Sportskeeda, he is an avid sports enthusiast.