1962 Asian Games

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IV Asian Games
4th asiad.png
Official emblem of the 1962 Asian Games.
Host city Jakarta, Indonesia
Motto Ever Onward
(Indonesian: Maju Terus)
Nations participating 17
Athletes participating 1,460
Events 120 in 13 sports
Opening ceremony August 24
Closing ceremony September 4
Officially opened by Soekarno
President of Indonesia
Athlete's Oath Ferry Sonneville [1]
Torch lighter Effendi Saleh
Main venue Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium
Tokyo 1958 Bangkok 1966  >

The 1962 Asian Games (Indonesian: Pesta Olahraga Asia 1962), were held from August 24, 1962 to September 4, 1962, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most notable is the exclusion of Israel and Taiwan from the Games.

Succumbing to pressure from Arab countries and the People's Republic of China, the Indonesian government refused to issue visas for the Israeli and Taiwanese delegations. It had done so against the rules of the Asian Games Federation, and despite its promise to invite all Federation members, including those with whom it had no diplomatic relations (Israel, Republic of China and South Korea).

A total number of 1,460 athletes, coming from 17 countries, competed in this Asiad, where badminton made its debut.


On May 23, 1958, voting for the 1962 venue took place in Tokyo, Japan before the 1958 Asian Games. The Asian Games federation council voted 22-20 in favour of the Indonesian capital over Karachi, the only other candidate.[2]

1962 Asian Games bidding result
City Nation Votes
Jakarta  Indonesia 22
Karachi  Pakistan 20


Weightlifting was also in the program but IWF withdrew recognition of the Asian Games competition because the Indonesian federation had not been able to guarantee that Taiwan and Israel could take part.

Exhibition sports

Participating National Olympic Committees

Athletes from 17 nations competed at the Jakarta Games. The following countries made its first Asian Games appearance in 1962: Sarawak.

Participating National Olympic Committees

Medal table

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on a 1962 stamp of Indonesia
A stamp of Indonesia claiming road improvement for the 1962 Asian Games

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Indonesia, is highlighted.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 73 56 23 152
2  Indonesia (INA) 11 12 28 51
3  India (IND) 10 13 10 33
4  Pakistan (PAK) 8 11 9 28
5  Philippines (PHI) 7 6 24 37
6  South Korea (KOR) 4 9 10 23
7  Thailand (THA) 2 6 4 12
8  Malaya (MAL) 2 4 9 15
9  Burma (BIR) 2 1 5 8
10  Singapore (SGP) 1 0 2 3
Total 120 122 130 372


  1. ^ Gelora Bung Karno. Grasindo. p. 51. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Jakarta gets 1962 Games: No KL bid". The Straits Times. 24 May 1958. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 

External links

  • Stefan Hübner, “The Fourth Asian Games (Jakarta 1962) in a Transnational Perspective: Japanese and Indian Reactions to Indonesia’s Political Instrumentalisation of the Games,” in: International Journal of the History of Sport 29,9 (2012), 1295-1310. [1]
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