The high endurance sport calling for balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and endurance was first contested at the 1974 Asian Games in Tehran. With the ever rising prominence, gymnastics have been included in every Asian Games edition till date.
Venue and Schedule
The Asian Games 2018 Gymnastics will commence from 20th August and extend till 30th of the month. Although the practice and training sessions are being held at the Jakarta International Expo Hall D1, the main event will take place at the Jakarta International Expo Hall D2, Jakarta, Indonesia with a seating capacity of 1,800 seats.
Asian Games 2018 Gymnastics Events
As the past years suggest, the Asian Games 2018 Gymnastics Event is categorized into three main events, viz, The Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Competition, the Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition and the Trampoline Gymnastics Competition. While the first will extend from 20th to 24th, the second will take effect from 27th and enclose on 28th and the third will wrap up the entire event on 30th.
Furthermore, the Artistic Gymnastics competition will consist of fourteen events including eight men's and six women's events. The men’s events will encompass Team, Individual All-Around, Floor Exercises, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar, while the women’s events comprises of Team, Individual All-around, Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor Exercises.
The Rhythmic Gymnastics competition will consist of two events for women: Team and Individual All-Around.
The Trampoline Gymnastics competition will consist of two events, Men’s Individual and Women’s Individual.
A discrete total of 24 nations are competing in the 2018 Asian Games Gymnastics event with the men’s competition featuring 24 nations, namely, Indonesia (host), China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Malaysia, Iran, Thailand, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Cambodia.
The women’s competition will feature 20 teams that include the host Indonesia, China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Malaysia, Iran, Thailand, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan.
Defending Champions in the Incheon Asian Games
The 2014 Asian Games Gymnastics event was a great hit for China who managed to retain their lead in the medal table with an astounding performance landing them with a total of 19 medals. China’s play was sensational at the Incheon Asian Games, notably in the women’s artistic and trampoline gymnastics disciplines.
Ruling the medal table ever since the inception of the sport in the Asian Games, China has procured a staggering aggregate of 250 medals (132 golds, 84 silvers, 34 bronzes) in Asian Games Gymnastics. Keeping up its reputation, China plans on dominating the leaderboard at the 2018 Asian Games Gymnastics as well.
Favourites for Asian Games 2018 Gymnastics
China’s edge over its fellow contenders is unrivalled at the Asian Games Gymnastics events.Nonetheless Japan is escalating its competence at quite a steep rate.
On the other hand, South Korea and Uzbekistan are marching towards the gold in the Men’s Artistic events and Rhythmic Gymnastics. North Korea is emerging as a healthy contender to China in Women’s Artistic event with a tally of two golds, one silver and one bronze at the Incheon Asian Games Gymnastics.
Indian Contingent at the Asian Games 2018 Gymnastics
India is preparing to soar up its position in the Gymnastics events at the Asian Games as well. With Dipa Karmakar in the picture, India is sanguine about the Asian Games 2018 Gymnastics events. Finishing a creditable fourth at the Rio Olympics, Dipa will be looking forward to win India’s first medal at the 2018 Asian Games Gymnastics event.
With Karmakar leading the Indian charge with a men’s team including the best of best gymnasts Rakesh Patra, Yogeshwar Singh, Gaurav Kumar, Ashish Kumar & Siddharth Verma and an incredible women’s team including Dipa Karmakar Pranati Das, Aruna Reddy, Mandira Chowdhury and Pranati Nayak, India is all set to bring glory to the country.