The beautiful city of Bhubaneswar, capital of Odisha State in India, will proudly host of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships, its Kalinga Stadium providing a platform for the continent’s best track and field stars to parade their talent. The earlier editions of the biennial competition – the event was not held in 1977 – have seen a galaxy of stars hold centrestage.
Qataris Ibrahim Ismail (400m), Mohamed Suleiman (1500m) Bilal Saad Mubarak (shot put) to Chinese high hurdler Liu Xiang and high jumper Zhu Jianhua to Kuwaiti shotput hero Mohammed Al-Zinkawi and Japanese hammer thrower Koji Mirofushi and from India’s versatile sprinter and hurdler PT Usha to Chinese distance runner Wang Junxia and javelin thrower Li Lei are among those who have dominated the Asian Championships.
The Asian Athletic Association of the IAAF was formed during the Asian Games in Tokyo in 1958 and though Maj Gen Aziz Salleh of Indonesia, Tan Sri Mohamed Ghazali Shafie of Malaysia and titan of Indian athletics Sardar Umrao Singh worked hard to get the first Asian Track and Field Championships off the blocks, it was not until more than a decade later that it attained fruition.
Having not met success in 1962, 1966 and 1970, officials of Asian athletics met during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich with renewed determination. The Philippines Track and Field Association President Jose C. Sering took up the challenge and conducted the inaugural Asian Track and Field Championships in the Marikina Stadium near Manila in November 1973.
The Constitution of the Asian Amateur Athletic Association and the rules for the Asian Track and Field Championships were ratified at the First Asian AAA Congress in Manila on November 20 and 21, 1973. Mr. Jose C. Sering became the first President of the Asian Amateur Athletic Association and Mr. Maurice R. Nicholas the first Secretary-General.
The Asian AAA Constitution was accepted by the International Amateur Athletic Federation at its 29th Congress held in Rome from August 29 to 31, 1974. The name of the association was changed to Asian Athletics Association (AAA) at the 14th Congress of Asian Amateur Athletic Association (AAAA) in August 2002 in Colombo.
China, Japan and India have been the most successful nations in the history of the competition with 606, 540 and 282 medals respectively.
|Edition||Year||City||Country||Date||Venue||No. of Events||No. of Nations||No. of Athletes|
|I||1973||Marikina||Philippines||18–23 Nov||Rodriguez Sports Center||37||-||-|
|II||1975||Seoul||South Korea||9–14 June||Dongdaemun Stadium||39||-||-|
|III||1979||Tokyo||Japan||31 May – 3 June||National Olympic Stadium||38||-||-|
|IV||1981||Tokyo||Japan||5–7 June||National Olympic Stadium||37||-||-|
|V||1973||Kuwait City||Kuwait||03–09 Nov||Kuwait National Stadium||38||-||-|
|VI||1985||Jakarta||Indonesia||25–29 Sep||Bung Karno Stadium||42||-||-|
|VII||1987||Singapore||Singapore||22–26 July||National Stadium||40||-||-|
|VIII||1989||New Delhi||India||14–19 Nov||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium||40||-||-|
|IX||1991||Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||19–23 Oct||Stadium Merdeka||40||-||-|
|X||1993||Manila||Philippines||30 Nov – 4 Dec||Rizal Memorial Stadium||41||-||-|
|XI||1995||Jakarta||Indonesia||20–24 Sep||Bung Karno Stadium||41||-||-|
|XII||1998||Fukuoka||Japan||19–22 July||Hakatanomori Athletic Stadium||43||-||-|
|XIII||2000||Jakarta||Indonesia||28–31 Aug||Bung Karno Stadium||43||37||441|
|XIV||2002||Colombo||Srilanka||9–12 Aug||Sugathadasa Stadium||43||-||-|
|XV||2003||Manila||Philippines||20–23 Sep||Rizal Memorial Stadium||43||-||-|
|XVI||2005||Incheon||South Korea||1–4 Sep||Incheon Munhak Stadium||43||35||536|
|XVII||2007||Amman||Jordon||25–29 July||Amman International Stadium||44||34||-|
|XVIII||2009||Guangzhou||China||10–14 Nov||Olympic Stadium||44||37||505|
|XIX||2011||Kobe||Japan||7–10 July||Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium||42||40||464|
|XX||2013||Pune||India||3–7 July||Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex||42||42||522|
|XXI||2015||Wuhan||China||3–7 June||Wuhan Sports Center Stadium||42||40||497|
|XXII||2017||Bhubaneswar||India||6–9 July||Kalinga Stadium||42||45||-|