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Video gaming to be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) will feature Video gaming as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games. According to OCA, the decision to include e-sports was taken to reflect “the rapid development and popularity of this new form of sports participation among the youth.” Hence, e-sports would be introduced as a medal sport to the official program of the Asian Games at Hangzhou, China. It will be included as a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia. OCA has entered into a collaboration with Alisports, a unit of China’s Alibaba Group, to bring e-sports to the games. However, no details have come out on the details of the video games that would be included.

The Asian Games features a wide range of traditional Olympic. It includes some of the more obscure sports like sepak takraw ( a game that has features of soccer and volleyball), kabaddi, etc. It also includes a variety of martial arts, contract bridge, jet-ski racing and sport climbing etc.

Asian Games

Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a pancontinental multi-sport event, which is considered as the second-biggest sporting competition in the world after the Olympics in the number of athletes involved. The Asian Games are recognised by the International Olympic Committee. It is held every four years and is regulated and organised by the OCA. The first Asian Games was held in 1951 in New Delhi, India. The last Asian Games was held in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. The next Asian Games is slated to be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia in 2018.

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Hangzhou City of China chosen to host 2022 Asian Games

Capital city of Zhejiang Province Hangzhou in East China has been chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to host the 2022 Asian Games.

Hangzhou was the only candidate city for the 2022 Asian Games i.e. XIX edition of games.

This decision was taken by the OCA at its 34th Congress held in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan.

It will be the third Chinese city to host the Asian games following Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.

Hangzhou is best known for the West Lake, a placid and tourist attraction. It is also home base of Chinese Internet (ecommerce) giant Alibaba.

About Asian Games

  • Asian Games also known as Asiad is a pancontinental multi-sport event (44 sports events) among athletes from all over Asia.
  • It is held every four years and regulated and organized by the OCA since 1982.
  • It was first held in 1951 in New Delhi, India under the aegis of Asian Games Federation (AGF).
  • 46 member countries affiliated to the OCA are eligible to take part in the Games. It is often described as the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.
  • Incheon, South Korean city had hosted last Asian Games in 2014, while Indonesia’s Jakarta is going to host in 2018 Asian Games.

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International Boxing Association (AIBA) suspends Sarita Devi

Indian boxer L.Sarita Devi has been provisionally suspended by the AIBA for refusing to accept the bronze medal she won after losing the semifinal fight over a controversial decision at the 2014 Asian Games.

Suspension

Along with Sarita Devi, her coaches Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, B.I.Fernandes and Sagar Mai Dhayal and India’s chef-de-mission Adille Sumariwala to the Incheon Asiad 2014 have also been suspended. All of them are prohibited from participating in the upcoming competitions till further notice. Other than AIBA competitions, they also cannot participate in AIBA events and meetings. This Sarita Devi case has now been sent for review by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission.

 

The suspension means that Sarita Devi will miss the upcoming Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea which is scheduled to take place between November 13 and 25.

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