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New Delhi 1982

The 9th Asian Games were held from November 19, 1982 to December 4, 1982 in Delhi, India. This was the second time the Games were held in Delhi as it was also host to the inaugural 1951 Asian Games.

New Delhi joined Bangkok (four times) as the only cities to host multiple editions of the Asian Games.

The Delhi Asian Games was the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The Asian Games Federation, under whose jurisdiction the first eight Asian Games had been held, dissolved to make way for the OCA.

A total number of 3411 athletes, coming from 33 countries, competed in this Asiad. Debut sports were equestrian, golf, handball, rowing, and Women's field hockey. These Asian Games also saw the beginning of Chinese dominance in the medals tally.

Japan had won the maximum number of medals in previous editions of the Games. China made its presence felt in the sporting world by dethroning Japan as the top medallists. From now on, China would be the top medal getter in all succeeding Asiads. In preparation for the IX Asian Games, colour television was introduced in India in a big way, as the Games were to be broadcasted in colour.

The mascot for the Games was Appu – a kid elephant. Known in real life as "Kuttinarayanan", this elephant fractured its leg in an accident when he was seven years old – he stepped into a septic tank. That wound would not heal and it eventually killed him.

Kuttinarayanan died on May 14, 2005. Host of the next (10th) Asiad in 1986, and the 24th Summer Olympics in 1988, South Korea participated in the New Delhi Asiad with a 406-person delegation, including an observation team to study the facilities, management and events.

Officially opened by President Zail Singh Athlete's Oath P.T. Usha Stadium Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Opening Ceremony
11/19/1982
Closing Ceremony
12/04/1982
HOST CITY
New Delhi
COUNTRY
No Of Sports
21
ATHLETES PARTICIPATING
3411
NOC
33
Game No
9
No Of Events
147

Participating National Olympic Committees

Sports / Disciplines

Medal Tally

Rank
NOC
Total
Rank by total
1
People's Republic of China
61
51
41
153
1
2
Japan
57
52
44
153
1
3
Republic of Korea
28
28
37
93
3
4
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
17
19
20
56
5
5
India
13
19
25
57
4
6
Indonesia
4
4
7
15
6
7
Islamic Republic of Iran
4
4
4
12
8
8
Pakistan
3
3
5
11
9
9
Mongolia
3
3
1
7
12
10
Philippines
2
3
9
14
7
11
Iraq
2
3
4
9
11
12
Thailand
1
5
4
10
10
13
Kuwait
1
3
3
7
12
14
Syrian Arab Republic
1
1
1
3
15
15
Malaysia
1
0
3
4
14
16
Singapore
1
0
2
3
15
17
Afghanistan
0
1
0
1
17
18
Lebanon
0
1
0
1
17
19
Vietnam
0
0
1
1
17
20
Qatar
0
0
1
1
17
21
Bahrain
0
0
1
1
17
22
Hong Kong, China
0
0
1
1
17
23
Saudi Arabia
0
0
1
1
17

Asian Marks