Nagoya, Japan to Host 2026 Asian Games

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 0

September 29th, 2016 News

Nagoya, Japan was announced as the host of the 2026 Asian Games this week, providing sufficient evidence to the Olympic Committees of Asia (OCA) that their bid was a sufficient one as the only bidder for the event.

The games, held every four years in the same slot as the Winter Olympics, are a major multi-sport event in Asia, and for many swimmers are an even bigger deal than the World Championships in the year before and after.

The 2026 Asian Games are estimated to cost $842 million, about one-third of which are expected to be covered by sponsorship. The Aichi prefecture (70%) and Nagoya (30%) will share the remaining costs.

The first Asian Games were held in 1951 with 9,501 participants at the last edition in 2014 – only slightly smaller than the 11,303 participants at the 2016 Olympics. Despite comparable numbers, the event will cost a fraction of the $12 billion spent on the Olympics.

This will be the 3rd time that Japan has hosted the event – Tokyo hosted in 1958, Hiroshima has hosted in 1994, and Nagoya will host in 2026. Only Thailand, all three times in Bangkok, has hosted on more occasions.

Nagoya is Japan’s third-largest incorporated city and fourth-largest populous urban area. It’s located on the Pacific coast the southern part of Japan’s main island and has a metropolitan population of 9.1 million. It’s biggest claim-to-fame globally is Nagoya University, which has produced 6 Nobel Prize laureates.

All-time hosting list:

Year Games Host Dates Nations Athletes Sports Events
1951 I New Delhi, India 4–11 March 11 489 6 57
1954 II Manila, Philippines 1–9 May 18 970 8 76
1958 III Tokyo, Japan 24 May – 1 June 20 1,820 13 97
1962 IV Jakarta, Indonesia 24 August – 4 September 17 1,460 13 120
1966 V Bangkok, Thailand 9–20 December 18 1,945 14 143
1970 VI Bangkok, Thailand 9–20 December 18 2,400 13 135
1974 VII Tehran, Iran 1–16 September 25 3,010 16 202
1978 VIII Bangkok, Thailand 9–20 December 25 3,842 19 201
1982 IX New Delhi, India 19 November – 4 December 33 3,411 21 199
1986 X Seoul, South Korea 20 September – 5 October 27 4,839 25 270
1990 XI Beijing, China 22 September – 7 October 36 6,122 29 310
1994 XII Hiroshima, Japan 2–16 October 42 6,828 34 337
1998 XIII Bangkok, Thailand 6–20 December 41 6,554 36 376
2002 XIV Busan, South Korea 29 September – 14 October 44 7,711 38 419
2006 XV Doha, Qatar 1–15 December 45 9,520 39 424
2010 XVI Guangzhou, China 12–27 November 45 9,704 42 476
2014 XVII Incheon, South Korea 19 September – 4 October 45 9,501 36 439
2018 XVIII Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia 18 August – 2 September Future event
2022 XIX Hangzhou, China 10–25 September Future event
2026 XX Nagoya, Japan 18 September – 3 October Future event

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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