For those of you who don’t live in Asia, you may not have known or noticed that the 16th Asian Games have been running in Guangzhou for the past two weeks; the final day of the games is tomorrow.
The Asian Games are a chance for Asian countries to compete against each other and takes plenty of the glamour away from many other major world events. The games feature as many events as the Olympics, and hold plenty of prestige in the most populous continent on earth.
But, I really can’t do anything but look at the medal standings for a real idea of where the strength of Asia lies in terms of sports:
China – 412 (197 gold)
Korea – 229 (75 gold)
Japan – 214 (47 gold)
Here is a standard that any country would struggle to compete at.