Games of Asia to ring Tokyo bells
As Indonesia gets ready for 18th Asian Games, the future of the multi-sport extravaganza remains in doubt with these quadrennial Games getting unwieldy by every passing year as new sports disciplines gets added
Pune: For reasons beyond comprehension, the quadrennial Games of Asia has been losing its sheen, but as Indonesia prepares decks to welcome over 12,000 athletes, it sure will ring the bells for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which the sporting world is waiting for eagerly.
Like always, athletics and swimming competitions will attract the most eyeballs, but Indonesia will mark a new era with a host of traditional martial art forms from the region will get their due, but there will be more--from para gliding to climbing sport--the unconventional sport that many still refuse to accept as part of the multi-sport package.
Then there will be e-sport making its first presence as demonstration sport before the next Games embrace e-sport as a medal event.
In this entire melee, Indian contingent is getting ready, some with full backing, while others have chosen to take to court to be there in the world’s largest island country, which decided to host the Games as an afterthought when the original host, Vietnam, withdrew following economic downturn.