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1962 Asian Games

IV Asian Games
Host city Jakarta, Indonesia
Nations participating 16
Athletes participating 1,460
Events 120 in 13 sports
Opening ceremony August 24
Closing ceremony September 4
Officially opened by President Sukarno
Main venue Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

The 4th Asian Games were held from August 24, 1962 to September 4, 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Most notable is the exclusion of Israel and the Republic of China (Taiwan) from the Games.

Succumbing to pressure from Arab countries and the People's Republic of China, the Indonesian government refused to issue visas for the Israeli and Taiwanese delegations. It had done so against the rules of the Asian Games Federation, and despite its promise to invite all Federation members, including those with whom it had no diplomatic relations (Israel, Republic of China and South Korea).

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


  • Bid 1
  • Sports 2
  • Participating nations 3
  • Medal table 4
  • References 5
  • Literature 6


On May 23, 1958, voting for the 1962 venue 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 Karachi, the only other candidate.[1]

1962 Asian Games bidding results
City NOC 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.

Participating nations

A total of 17 Asian NOCs sent delegations.[2]

Medal table

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Indonesia, is highlighted.

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 (SIN) 1 0 2 3
Total 120 122 130 372


  1. ^ "Jakarta gets 1962 Games: No KL bid".  
  2. ^ "Japan top the list with 73 golds".  


  • 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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