The 19th Asian Games, scheduled to commence on September 23 in Hangzhou, China, is poised to be the largest edition to date. It will feature 12,500 athletes from 45 countries and regions participating in 40 sports, 61 disciplines, and 481 events.
China’s delegation comprises 1,329 members, including 886 athletes, with an average age of 25. The team includes 437 female and 449 male athletes, with the youngest being 13-year-old skateboarder Cui Chenxi and the oldest being 60-year-old bridge player Dai Jianming. Notably, 67 athletes from this delegation also participated in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, while 201 competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, 630 individuals will be participating in the Asian Games for the first time.
Out of the Chinese delegation, 71 athletes belong to ethnic minorities, such as Hui, Mongolia, and Miao people, constituting eight percent of the team. The delegation also boasts an impressive roster of 36 Olympic champions, with table tennis legend Ma Long holding the distinction of clinching two singles titles in the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as well as multiple team events gold medals.
South Korea is set to send its largest-ever delegation to the Asian Games, consisting of 867 athletes and 273 coaches and officials across 39 out of 40 sports. Meanwhile, Malaysia will send 289 athletes to compete in 22 out of 40 sports, and Kuwait will dispatch 140 athletes to participate in 25 sports during the games.
Source – CGTN