Asian Games, also known officially as Asiad, is an event of multi-sport activities which is held after every four years. Athletes of the Asian continent participate in this event. Asian Games have been hosted by nine nations of the continent as yet. Total of 44 different sports have been played in the history of Asian Games which includes the Games in the year 2010 which took place in Guangzhou, Peoples republic of China. Pakistan, being located in the Asian Continent also participates in the Asian Games.
Pakistani sportsmen have been performing very well since their first participation in the year 1954. So many athletes of Pakistan have won lots of medals and have been making records during these games. Pakistan has won 37 Gold Medals, 48 Silver Medals and 76 Bronze Medals as yet making a total of 161 Medals till the last Asian Games held in 2010.
Pakistani Hockey team has also won many Asian Game titles. Pakistan won its first Asian Games title in 1958. In the year 1971, Pakistan held three international top titles of Hockey i.e. World Cup, Olympics, and Asian Games. Same happened in the year 1948 making Pakistan as the Classic Triple Holder for two times. Pakistan also holds many Asian Games records in Hockey and the list of these records is very long. The last Asian Games Hockey title was won in 2010 when Pakistan defeated Malaysia with a score of 2-0. Apart from Hockey, Pakistan has been winning medals in games like Boxing, Cricket, Kabbadi, Shooting, Squash, Volley Ball and Wrestling etc. Pakistani athletes have also been performing well in the Asian Games. Athletes have shown dominance in the games for number of years. Few of them also made new records. Era of fifties was a golden period for Pakistani Athletes. Abdul Khaliq was declared as the ‘Fastest man of Asia’.
He made the records in the sprints of hundred meters and two hundred meters. Ghulam Raziq has been performing very well in high hurdles. Other key Athletes who have been performing well were Sharif Butt, Mubarak Shah, Jalal, Malik Noor, Nawaz, and Yousaf Malik in Sprints, long distance races, javelin throwing and Hammer throwing respectively. The latest medal was brought by the shining Naseem Hameed who won the Gold medal in 2010’s Asian Games. Looking at Pakistan’s shining past, one can hope to have more and better results while participating in the Asian Games.