Opening date:
01 September 1974

Closing date:
16 September 1974

Country of the host city:



Participating Nations






Athletics, Swimming, Shooting, Cycling, Weightlifting, Gymnastics, Wrestling, Boxing, Table Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Badminton, Fencing and Hockey


For the first time in the Asiad history, the Games were hosted in Middle East. Tehran, the capital of Aryameher Empire known as Iran. 25 countries/NOCs, the maximum participation so far, including the People’s Republic of China and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea brought the largest delegation to the Asian Games. It was a sure sign of growth and expansion of the Asian Games Movement. Gymnastics and Fencing were new additional disciplines from this Asiad. In addition to use of the state-of-the-art technologies, from synthetic track to photo-finish camera, the Games was known for strict security measures due to reported threats from the Palestinians and a Japanese militant sect.

  • First time held in the eastern part of Asia (Middle East)

  • Tight Security measures (impact of assassination of Israeli Athletes during 20th Olympics in Munich 1972 ).

  • Expulsion of Chinese Taipei

  • Allowing Israel to participate despite the opposition of Arab NOCs.

  • Participation of Communist Nations for the first time in
    the games (China, Mongolia, DPR Korea)

  • First time Korea and DPR Korea competed in the Game Arab NOCs, China, Pakistan and DPR Korea refused compete in Tennis, Fencing, Basketball and Football against Israel.

  • Fencing and Gymnastics added as new sports


Medals Tally

Rank Nation G S B Total
1 Japan 75 49 51 175
2 Iran 36 28 17 81
3 China 33 45 28 106