Mark Your Calendar: Key Dates and India’s Schedule for the Asian Games 2023

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The Indian contingent is all set to reach new heights at the Asian Games 2023, which will be held from September 23 to October 8 in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China.

A 655-member Indian contingent will compete in 41 of 61 events at the 19th Asian Games. In and around Hangzhou, 56 venues will be used, with 481 gold medals on offer.

The Asian Games formally begin on September 23 with the opening ceremony. Cricket, football, volleyball, and beach volleyball, on the other hand, will begin on September 19.

The Indian cricket teams, both men’s and women’s, will be making their Asian Games debuts.

Athletics will feature India’s biggest presence in one event, with 68 competitors competing in track and field. Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic javelin winner, will represent India at the Asian Games. The 25-year-old incumbent world champion will attempt to replicate his gold medal-winning performance in Jakarta in 2018.

Athletics will be held in the Asian Games from September 29 to October 5. The men’s javelin throw final at the Asian Games will take place on October 4.

Neeraj Chopra will be one of five Indian Olympic medalists competing in Hangzhou. PV Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medalist from India, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, wrestler Bajrang Punia, and weightlifting Mirabai Chanu are also competing. The Indian men’s hockey team, bronze medalists in Tokyo 2020, will also compete.

Badminton will be played at the Asian Games 2023 from September 28 to October 7. PV Sindhu will head a 19-member Indian squad

Mirabai Chanu, a former world champion and Tokyo 2020 silver medalist, will make her Asian Games debut in the women’s 49 kg weightlifting class on September 30. Bajrang Punia, the defending champion in men’s 65kg freestyle wrestling and a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, will compete on October 6.

Meanwhile, boxing in the Asian Games 2023 will serve as a qualifier for next year’s Olympics in Paris. Nikhat Zareen, the two-time defending world champion, will begin her campaign in the women’s 50kg on September 24, while Lovlina Borgohain will begin in the women’s 75kg on September 26. The boxing season concludes on October 5.

Hockey at the Asian Games 2023 will also serve as a qualifying for the Olympics in Paris in 2024. By winning gold in Hangzhou, the Indian hockey teams will gain an early entry for next year’s Summer Games.

SportDatesEventsIndian athletes competing
ArcheryOctober 1-71016
Artistic GymnasticsSeptember 24-2914NA
Artistic SwimmingOctober 6-82NA
AthleticsSeptember 29 – October 54868
BadmintonSeptember 28 – October 7719
Basketball (5×5)September 26 – October 6212 (1 team)
Basketball (3×3)September 25 – October 128 (2 teams)
BaseballSeptember 26 – October 71NA
BoxingSeptember 24 – October 51313
BreakingOctober 6-72NA
Beach VolleyballSeptember 19-282NA
BridgeSeptember 27 – October 6318
CricketSeptember 19 – October 7230 (2 teams)
ChessSeptember 24 – October 7410
Canoe SlalomOctober 5-744
Canoe SprintSeptember 30 – October 31213
Cycling BMX RacingOctober 12NA
Cycling MTBSeptember 252NA
Cycling RoadOctober 3-54NA
Cycling TrackSeptember 26-291214
DivingSeptember 30 – October 4102
Dragon BoatOctober 4-66NA
EquestrianSeptember 26 – October 6610
EsportsSeptember 24 – October 2715
FootballSeptember 19-27244 (2 teams)
FencingSeptember 24-29129
GolfSeptember 28 to October 147
HockeySeptember 24 to October 7236 (2 teams)
HandballSeptember 24 – October 5216 (1 team)
JudoSeptember 24-27154
Ju-JitsuOctober 5-7811
KabaddiOctober 2-7224 (2 teams)
KarateOctober 5-814NA
KurashSeptember 30 – October 276
Marathon SwimmingOctober 6-72NA
Modern PentathlonSeptember 20-2421
Rhythmic GymnasticsOctober 6-72NA
Rugby SevensSeptember 24-26212 (1 team)
RowingSeptember 20-251433
Roller skatingSeptember 30 – October 71014
SailingSeptember 21-271416
SepaktakrawSeptember 24 – October 7616
ShootingSeptember 24 – October 13333
SkateboardingSeptember 24-274NA
SquashSeptember 26 – October 558
Soft tennisOctober 3-7510
SoftballSeptember 26 – October 21NA
SwimmingSeptember 24-294121
Sport ClimbingOctober 3-767
TaekwondoSeptember 24-2813NA
TennisSeptember 24-3059
Table TennisSeptember 22 – October 2710
Trampoline GymnasticsOctober 2-32NA
TriathlonSeptember 29 – October 23NA
VolleyballSeptember 19 – October 7224 (2 teams)
Water PoloSeptember 25 – October 72NA
WeightliftingSeptember 30 – October 7142
WrestlingOctober 4 – 71818
Weiqi (Go)September 24 – October 33NA
WushuSeptember 24-281510
XiangqiSeptember 28 – October 73NA

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