The Asian Games was first introduced in New Delhi, India 1951. With a total of 489 athletes representing 11 Asian National Olympic Committee (NOC) participated in 57 events in the first Games. Since then, the reception it receives has been like none other. Today the Asian Games is regarded as the World’s Largest Sporting Event.
In order to participate, each country’s NOC must enter all athletes. There are 46 country members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). Of which 40 Olympic sports are showcased during the Asian Games. The Asian Games is organised by the OCA which headquarters in Kuwait. In addition, the games is also recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Since then equestrian sport took part in Seoul, South Korea 1986. The Equestrian sport was not part of Asian Games Beijing 1990. However it was reintroduced again in 1994, and has been part of the Asian Games program ever since. The latest edition of the Asian Games which was held in Incheon, South Korea in 2014, included Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.
The Asian Equestrian Federation was established in 1978 and is recognised by the FEI as an organisation. The establishment of the AEF would promote and ensure the growth of equestrian sports in the Asian region. The AEF statutes state that AEF shall provide all guidance and assistance to NF in the (Asian Games) organisation and all conduct of equestrian sports will be according to FEI Rules. Therefore, the Asian Games are subject to FEI rules as far as all for technical aspects are concerned, while the FEI ensures the technical control of all equestrian sports at the Asian Games.
The 18th edition of the Asian Games will take place in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. Just a few more months till we host the Asian Games 2018. Let’s wish all athletes participating good luck and go for GOLD!