The 19th Asian Games 2023 concluded with a spectacular closing ceremony held at the Hangzhou Olympics Stadium in China. The event celebrated the love and unity between the participating countries, showcasing the cultural diversity and sporting excellence of the Asian nations.
P. R. Sreejesh Leads India as the Flag Bearer
Renowned hockey player P. R. Sreejesh had the honor of being India’s flag bearer during the closing ceremony, representing his country with pride on the international stage.
A Dazzling Display by Over 2000 Performers
The closing ceremony wowed spectators with a dazzling performance featuring more than 2000 performers. The show symbolized the harmonious spirit that unites the diverse nations of Asia in the pursuit of athletic excellence.
Passing of the Baton to Nagoya, Japan
The official handover of the Asian Games flag, the current flag, and the torch marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Asian Games. Raja Randhir Singh, the interim president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), handed over these symbols to the Japanese delegation, signifying Nagoya, Japan, as the host city for the 20th Asian Games in 2026.
Nagoya: Capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture
Nagoya, the future host of the 20th Asian Games, is the capital of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. Located on the Pacific coast in central Honshu, Nagoya is well-prepared to welcome athletes and visitors from across Asia for this prestigious event.
Governor Hideaki Omura Takes Center Stage
During the handover ceremony, Hideaki Omura, the Governor of Aichi Prefecture, proudly waved the flag of the OCA. This gesture symbolized Japan’s commitment to hosting a successful and memorable 20th Asian Games in Nagoya.
Achievements and Records at the 19th Asian Games
The 19th Asian Games, delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, featured participation from over 12,000 athletes representing 45 nations competing in 40 sports. It was a historic moment for India, as the country achieved remarkable success.
India’s Impressive Medal Haul
India’s contingent shone at the 19th Asian Games, securing a total of 107 medals, including 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze. This remarkable performance exceeded the nation’s previous record at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where India won 70 medals.
Setting a New Milestone
Notably, India’s achievement at the 19th Asian Games marks the first time the country has crossed the significant benchmark of 101 medals in any of the three major multi-sport events, which include the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the Asian Games. This milestone reflects India’s growing prowess on the international sports stage.
The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, were not only a celebration of sports but also a testament to the power of unity and sportsmanship that bring Asian nations together. With Nagoya, Japan, taking up the mantle for the 20th Asian Games in 2026, the future of this prestigious sporting event promises to be even brighter.