Countries


Yemen

Yemen

YEMEN

Capital: Sanaa

Population: 30,000,000

NOC Recognition Year: 1981

Asian Games Debut: 1982

North and South Yemen made their Asian Games debuts in 1982 in New Delhi as separate teams.

Four years later at Seoul 1986, only North Yemen competed before the two nations united ahead of the Beijing 1990 Asian Games.

Yemen have since been ever-present, earning two bronze medals.

The first of those was achieved by taekwondo player Akram Al-Noor at Busan 2002 before Naji Al-Ashwal clinched bronze in wushu at Doha 2006.

A total of 37 Yemeni athletes - including three women - competed in 10 sports at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 but were unable to pick up a single medal.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 0 / Silver 0 / Bronze 2 / Total 2


Vietnam

Vietnam

VIETMAN

Capital: Hanoi

Population: 86,116,559

NOC Recognition Year: 1979

Asian Games Debut: 1954

Vietnam have competed in the Asian Games on 15 occasions having first done so at Manila 1954.

Since making their debut, Vietnam have only missed the Bangkok 1978 and Seoul 1986 editions.

Competing as South Vietnam at Tokyo 1958, they clinched their first Asian Games gold medals with both coming in table tennis.

Vietnam’s medal return has improved at every edition since leaving Beijing 1990 empty-handed.

Their best showing came at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 where they claimed five gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze medals to rank 16th in the standings.

Two golds were achieved in both athletics and pencak silat with the other coming in rowing.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 18 / Silver 70 / Bronze 93 / Total 181


Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN

Capital: Tashkent

Population: 28,268,440

NOC Recognition Year: 1993

Asian Games Debut: 1994

Like other former Soviet Republics in Central Asia, Uzbekistan first participated at the Asian Games in 1994 in Hiroshima.

It also turned out to be an Asian Games to remember for the country who notched 11 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze medals to rank fifth.

Thirteen of their 42 medals came in canoeing, as they won at least one medal in every single discipline.

Uzbekistan finished inside the top 10 of the medal table for five of the next six editions.

Their best performance arrived at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 where they racked up 20 gold, 24 silver and 25 bronze medals.

Five of their gold medals came in boxing with Jasurbek Latipov, Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov, Ikboljon Kholdarov, Bobo-Usmon Baturov and Israil Madrimov all victorious.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 84 / Silver 120 / Bronze 138 / Total 342


United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Population: 4,621,399

NOC Recognition Year: 1980

Asian Games Debut: 1978

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) first participated at the Asian Games in 1978 in Bangkok and have since been ever-present.

After four editions without a medal, the UAE finally got on the podium with one silver and three bronze medals at Hiroshima 1994.

The UAE finally struck gold at Doha 2006 with Rashid Al-Maktoum winning the individual and team endurance competitions in the equestrian.

There was also a gold medal for bodybuilder Mohammed Salem Al-Zahmi as the UAE went on to collect 14 medals.

This performance was bettered at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 where the UAE collected three gold, six silver and five bronze medals to rank 20th in the standings.

Nine of those medals came in ju-jitsu with two coming in jet ski and the others arriving in shooting, judo and football.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 7 / Silver 17 / Bronze 17 / Total 41


Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan

TURKMENISTAN

Capital: Ashgabat

Population: 5,850,901

NOC Recognition Year: 1993

Asian Games Debut: 1994

Turkmenistan made their Asian Games debut in 1994 in Hiroshima where they won the first of their three gold medals.

Altymyrat Orazdurdyyew made history by becoming the first Turkmen to be an Asian Games champion when he won the 76-kilogram weightlifting competition.

There was also success in the following two Games with shooter Igor Pirekeyev winning the 50-metre rifle prone competition at Bangkok 1998 and then the 50m rifle three positions event at Busan 2002.

Since then, Turkmenistan have failed to add to their gold medal tally and did not get on the podium at Guangzhou 2010.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Turkmenistan collected one silver and two bronze medals to rank 32nd in the standings.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 3 / Silver 8 / Silver 12 / Total 23


Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste

TIMOR LESTE

Capital: Dili

Population: 1,115,000

NOC Recognition Year: 2003

Asian Games Debut: 2002

Just four months after being declared independent from Indonesia in May 2002, Timor Leste entered the Asian Games that year in Busan.

The country, also known as East Timor, sent 15 athletes which was the second smallest delegation behind Laos which had 13 competitors.

This number has increased at every edition since as they travelled with a record 64 athletes to Jakarta-Palembang 2018.

Timor Leste competed in 12 different sports, including football, swimming, weightlifting, karate and shooting.

But the wait for a first medal at the Asian Games continues for Timor Leste.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 0 / Silver 0 / Bronze 0 / Total 0


Thailand

Thailand

THAILAND

Capital: Bangkok

Population: 65,493,298

NOC Recognition Year: 1950

Asian Games Debut: 1951

Thailand have competed at the Asian Games ever since the inaugural edition in New Delhi in 1951.

They have also hosted the quadrennial event more than any other country, having done so in Bangkok on four occasions in 1966, 1970, 1978 and 1998.

Their best performance arrived in 1998 when the nation claimed 24 gold, 28 silver and 38 bronze medals to rank third.

No country has won more medals in sepak takraw than Thailand who have also got a strong record of success in boxing and sailing.

Thailand's first-ever Asian Games gold came in cycling with Tarwon Jirapan winning the road race at Jakarta 1962 - the same edition where boxer Samphan Payonrathana claimed featherweight gold.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Thailand finished 11th with 11 gold, 16 silver and 46 bronze medals.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 132 / Silver 175 / Bronze 279 / Total 586


Tajikistan

Tajikistan

TAJIKISTAN

Capital: Dushanbe

Population: 7,211,884

NOC Recognition Year: 1993

Asian Games Debut: 1994

Tajikistan first participated at the Asian Games in 1994 in Hiroshima where they picked up two bronze medals.

Their wait for a first gold medal came to an end at Doha 2006 thanks Dilshod Nazarov's men's hammer throw victory and boxer Jahon Qurbonov's triumph in the light heavyweight competition.

There were also bronze medals for judo player Rasul Boqiev and taekwondo fighter Shokirjon Rajabov as Tajikistan produced their best Asian Games performance.

Nazarov went on to win further golds at Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014 before earning a silver at Jakarta-Palembang 2018.

Tajikistan ranked 30th at the 18th edition of the Asian Games with four silver and three bronze medals.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 4 / Silver 7 / Bronze 17 / Total 28


Chinese Taipei

Chinese Taipei

CHINESE TAIPEI

Capital: Taipei

Population: 22,749,848

NOC Recognition Year: 1960

Asian Games Debut: 1954

Using the name Republic of China, Chinese Taipei first participated at the Asian Games in 1954 in Manila.

They were then excluded from the Games in 1974 as the People's Republic of China gained entry for the first time.

The name Chinese Taipei was rubber-stamped by the country's Government in 1981 before the nation ended their 20-year hiatus from the Games at Beijing 1990.

Chinese Taipei have competed in 12 Asian Games, including the last eight, with their best performance coming at Bangkok 1998.

A 77-medal haul comprising of 19 golds, 17 silvers and 41 bronzes saw Chinese Taipei finish sixth in the standings.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Chinese Taipei ranked seventh with 17 gold, 19 silver and 31 bronze medals.

Most of their success came in canoeing and karate with Chinese Taipei winning five medals in each.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 99 / Silver 144 / Bronze 276 / Total 519


Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian Arab Republic

SYRIA

Capital: Damascus

Population: 19,747,586

NOC Recognition Year: 1948

Asian Games Debut: 1978

Syria first participated at the Asian Games in 1978 in Bangkok and marked their debut appearance with a gold medal.

Talal Najar was crowned champion when he won the 110-kilogram weightlifting competition.

Syria joined fellow socialist nations Afghanistan, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, North Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam in boycotting Seoul 1986 due to political tensions.

But since returning to the Asian Games stage at Beijing 1990, Syria have appeared at every edition.

Their best performance arrived at Doha 2006 where they claimed two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

After failing to win a single medal at Incheon 2014, Syria returned to the podium at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 courtesy of Majd Eddin Ghazal's bronze in the men's high jump.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 9 / Silver 7 / Bronze 16 / Total 32


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA

Capital: Colombo

Population: 19,668,000

NOC Recognition Year: 1937

Asian Games Debut: 1951

Sri Lanka have appeared in all 18 editions of the Asian Games since its inception in 1951 in New Delhi.

The country used the name of Ceylon until Bangkok 1970.

MA Akbar secured the nation's first Asian Games medal with a bronze in the men's pole vault at New Delhi 1951 before Nagalingam Ethirveerasingham claimed their first-ever gold with victory in the men's high jump at Tokyo 1958.

Sri Lanka's best performance came at Bangkok 1998 where they picked up three gold and three bronze medals.

But Sri Lanka have failed to win a single medal at four editions of the Asian Games, including two of the last three events.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, 185 Sri Lankan athletes competed in 28 sports but returned empty-handed.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 11 / Silver 10 / Bronze 20 / Total 41


Singapore

Singapore

SINGAPORE

Capital: Singapore

Population: 4,608,167

NOC Recognition Year: 1948

Asian Games Debut: 1951

Singapore were one of only 11 nations to compete in the first Asian Games in New Delhi in 1951 and have since participated in every edition.

Singaporean swimmer Neo Chwee Kok is also part of Asian Games history having become the event's first-ever gold medal winner.

He went on to win three more golds in the pool as Singapore collected 14 medals at the inaugural Games.

Singapore's best performance arrived at Doha 2006, where they claimed eight gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals to rank 12th in the standings.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Singapore amassed four gold, four silver and 14 bronze medals to finish 18th.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 41 / Silver 58 / Bronze 114 / Total 213


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

SAUDI ARABIA

Capital: Riyadh

Population: 28,146,656

NOC Recognition Year: 1965

Asian Games Debut: 1978

Saudi Arabia made their Asian Games debut in 1978 in Bangkok before winning their first medal at New Delhi 1982 when their men's football team won bronze.

Saeed Al-Mutairi made history at Hiroshima 1994 when he clinched Saudi Arabia's first-ever gold medal with victory in the men's skeet shooting competition.

Since making their debut, Saudi Arabia have only missed one edition which came at Bangkok 1998 due to the event clashing with the start of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia's best performance came at Doha 2006 where they claimed eight gold and six bronze medals.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Saudi Arabia collected one gold, two silver and three bronze medals to rank 25th in the standings.

The Middle Eastern nation is due to stage the event for the first time in Riyadh in 2034.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 25 / Silver 13 / Bronze 23 / Total 61


Qatar

Qatar

QATAR

Capital: Doha

Population: 1,450,000

NOC Recognition Year: 1980

Asian Games Debut: 1978

Qatar first participated at the Asian Games in 1978 in Bangkok and have since been ever-present, making eight appearances.

Monassar Mohamed Saleh won Qatar's first-ever Asian Games medal at New Delhi 1982 when he achieved bronze in the decathlon.

Four years later at Seoul 1986, Qatar clinched their first gold courtesy of Talal Mansour's victory in the men's 100 metres.

The country hosted the quadrennial event in 2006, when it was staged in Doha, and is due to play host again in 2030.

Qatar collected nine gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals at Doha 2006 - which remains their biggest medal haul.

At Incheon 2014, Qatar bagged 10 gold and four bronze medals to rank in the top 10 for only the third time in their history.

Qatar achieved six gold, four silver and three bronze medals to finish 15th at Jakarta-Palembang 2018.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 43 / Silver 31 / Bronze 56 / Total 130


Philippines

Philippines

PHILIPPINES

Capital: Manila

Population: 92,681,453

NOC Recognition Year: 1929

Asian Games Debut: 1951

As one of the initiators of the Asian Games, the Philippines have never missed an edition since its inception in 1951 in New Delhi.

The Philippines hosted the event in Manila in 1954, when they produced their best return of 14 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze medals to rank second.

They finished in the top three in their first four appearances, earning 43 medals at Tokyo 1958 - just two fewer than their record tally.

With the exception of Tehran 1974, the Philippines have won at least one gold medal at every edition with most of their success coming in swimming, boxing and athletics.

At Jakarta-Palembang 2018, the Philippines won four gold, two silver and 15 bronze medals to rank 19th.

Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 67 / Silver 114 / Bronze 230 / Total 411