1962 Asian Games

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IV Asian Games
4th asiad.png
Host city Jakarta, Indonesia
Motto Ever Onward
(Indonesian: Maju Terus)
Nations participating 17
Athletes participating 1,460
Events 120 in 13 sports
Opening ceremony 24 August
Closing ceremony 4 September
Officially opened by Sukarno
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: Asian Games 1962, Asian Games IV, Asian Games ke-4), also known as the 4th Asian Games, IV Asiad, and Jakarta 1962, was the fourth iteration of pan-Asian multi-event games sanctioned by the Asian Games Federation (AGF). The games were held from 24 August to 4 September 1962, in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was the first ever international sporting event hosted by the then-17 year old Southeast Asian country. This was the first of two Asian Games hosted by the city as of 2018, the second was held in 2018, with Palembang as the co-host.

Most notable controversy in the games was the exclusion of Israel and the Republic of China (ROC). Putting front the solidarity with fellow-Muslim majority countries in the Middle East and the People's Republic of China, the Indonesian government refused to issue entry visas for the Israeli and Taiwanese delegations. It was against the rules of the AGF, and Indonesia's own promise to invite all AGF members, including those with whom it had no diplomatic relations; Israel, ROC and the Republic of Korea.[2] The action would make Indonesia suspended from the International Olympic Committee and barred from the 1964 Summer Olympics, which subsequently responded by hosting the GANEFO in 1963.

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


On 23 May 1958, voting for the 1962 host 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 Pakistani city of Karachi, the only other candidate.[3]

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.

  *   Host nation (Indonesia)

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
11–15 Remaining 0 4 6 10
Totals (15 nations) 120 122 130 372


  1. ^ Julius Pour (2004). Dari Gelora Bung Karno ke Gelora Bung Karno. Grasindo. p. 51. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Jakarta 1962 Asian Games". ocasia.org. Olympic Council of Asia. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ "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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