There are not many days left for the Asian Games 2023 to start. These games were to be held last year, but due to COVID-19, they will be organized this year in Hangzhou city of China from 23 September. However, there are many sports in the Asiad on which everyone's eyes will be. E-sports and breakdancing are participating in these games for the first time. At the same time, chess and cricket are making a comeback.
Meanwhile, E-sports was included as a demonstration sport in the 2018 Asian Games. Seeing its popularity, it was decided to include it as a medal event in Hangzhou. In this, the audience sees video gamers confronting each other. Seven video games Dota 2, FIFA Online-4, League of Legends, Arena of Valor, Dream Three Kingdoms, PUBG Mobile, and Street Fighter Five will be played in it. India will send a 15-member men's team.
The sport of breakdancing, which is going to debut in the Paris Olympics, has been included in the Asian Games for the first time. There is debate among critics as to whether it is a sport or a style of dance, but the International Olympic Committee recognizes it as a sport. However, India is not taking part in this game because the Sports Ministry did not approve the four-member team for not meeting the criteria.
On the other hand, Cricket will return in T-20 format after the 2018 Asian Games. The 2010 Games in Guangzhou and 2014 Games in Incheon included cricket, but India did not send a team. This time India is sending teams in both women's and men's categories and Team India is a contender for the gold medal.
A total of 40 sports and 61 disciplines will take center stage across 54 competition venues in Hangzhou and five co-host cities. Most events of Asian Games 2023 will start after the opening ceremony on September 23. However, some competitions, like cricket, football, volleyball, and beach volleyball, are scheduled to begin on September 19. The closing ceremony is scheduled to happen on October 8.
The schedule for the Asian Games 2023 is as follows.
The 2023 Asian Games will be live-streamed in India on the Sony LIV app. You can also check out the live coverage on Sony Sports 2, 3, 4, and 5 TV channels.
On the other hand, you can tune into the various TV broadcasters and on-demand streaming provided by the broadcasters. The list includes: