Asian Games 2018: 10 new sports at continental event

2018 Asiad torch proceeds to destination
2018 Asiad torch proceeds to destination Asian Games 2018 Jakarta Palembang

The 18th edition of Asian Games will be held between August 18 and September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

More than 10,000 athletes from the continent will take part in the multi-sport spectacle.

Athletes will compete for medals in 58 sports disciplines in the upcoming Games. 10 of them have been included for the first time in the history of the continental event that was first held in 1951.

Host nation Indonesia had the privilege of adding three sports of their choice to the Games.

Here is the list of sports that will be making debuts at Asian Games 2018.

3x3 Basketball

3x3 Basketball is among the fast-growing sporting discipline across the globe. The sport is making its Asian Games debut in Indonesia and will be a part of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 as well.

Approved by the International Basketball Federation, 3x3 basketball is played with four players per side (three regulars, one substitute).

The sport is played on half of the normal basketball court with only one hoop.

A match is played for only 10 minutes with a 12-second shot-clock. There are no quarters or half-times.

A game is over at 21 points, unlike the traditional 5v5 which has no limits when it comes to the number of points scored.

Pencak Silat

Indonesia got Pencak silat added as one of the three new sports of their choice at Asian Games 2018.

Pencak Silat is a traditional Indonesian martial art form that is spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines.

According to the official website of the Games, the sport is assessed from punches, kicks, sweeps, and dings between two fighters.

Indian athletes

Sonia, Simran, and Boynao Singh


Contract Bridge, a card game, will be making its debut at the upcoming Asian Games.

Four players are needed for a game of Bridge with two players pairing up for a team. It's played with a standard 52-card deck. Each player is served 13 cards and the objective of the game is to score more points by using tricks.


JetSki, which was mainly seen as a recreational sport using personal watercraft, has been included in the Asian Games.

The sport will be held at Ancol beach in Indonesia between August 23 and 26.

Jet Ski has been part of Asian Beach Games. Six different categories of the sport are played in the said event — Runabout open, runabout 1000, runabout endurance, runabout stock, open ski and sports GP.

However, for the upcoming multi-sport event, athletes will contest only in four categories — Runabout 1000, Ski Modified, Runabout Limited and Endurance Runabout Open.


Paragliding was also considered a recreational sport for quite some time. However, it has been introduced in the Asian Games for the first time this year.

The sport is all about how an athlete manages to control a parachute after starting from a height.

Paragliding is contested in three different race formats — cross country, aerobatics, and bivouac. However, bivouac format will not be part of Asian Games 2018.

Sport Climbing

Sports Climbing is one of the exciting additions to the Asian Games this year.

Three different categories of the sport — Speed, Speed Relay and Combined — will be held at the upcoming multi-sport event.

Speed climbing involves two competitors racing against each other while climbing a 15-meter high wall that has footholds and handholds.

Speed Relay involves athletes from a country teaming up in the speed climbing event. Once an athlete climbs the 15-meter wall, the other athlete from his/her country begins climbing from the bottom of the wall.

Combined is relatively tougher which involves Bouldering and lead climbing.


Rollersport, which has been attracting a lot of young athletes over the years, will make its Asian Games debut this year.

Skateboard and Roller Stake (20km race) are the two categories of the sport at the Games.


Ju-jitsu, one of the most popular martial art styles, makes its Asian Games debut in Jakarta.

Unlike many other martial art forms, athletes are not allowed to punch or kick and most of the action takes place on the ground in Ju-jitsu Newaza.

A match is decided if a player successfully completes a submission move using a lock on joints and strangulation.

The sport will be held in six different weight categories for men and two categories for women at the Games.


Sambo, a martial art form that flourished in Russia, is a combination of wrestling, judo, ju-jitsu, boxing among others.

The word SAMBO is an acronym for SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally translates as self-defence without weapons.


Kurash had been part of Asian Indoor Games 2017. It is a traditional martial art form of Uzbekistan, in which two wrestlers try to throw one another to the ground.

If a wrestler is thrown to the back, he/she loses the bout. If thrown on the side or on the belly, points are awarded to the opponent.