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The Indonesian cities Jakarta, Palembang are all geared up for the 18th edition of the Asian Games. Indonesia is hosting this mega sports event for the second time after 1962 when the games were played in Jakarta.
Popularly known as the Asiad, Asian Games is a multi sport fiesta that is organized in four years among the Asian countries. The first edition of the Asiad was held in New Delhi, India in 1951 and since than this event has attained a prominent place in the world sports map.
The Asian Games are controlled and regulated by the Olympic Council of Asia and is supervised by the International Olympic Committee.
This edition of the Asian Games is believed to be one of the biggest so far with inclusion of 29 sports in its sphere. The most important ones are football, boxing, swimming, badminton, basketball and so on.
The Asian Games has always been deemed as an event beyond sports. This gala is often viewed as a tool of integration and brotherhood among the athletes and the nations.