The first Asian Games were held in Delhi, India, 4 - 11 March, 1951. With 491 participants from 11 National Olympics Committees, the first Asian Games were officially opened by President Rajendra Prasa at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, featuring 6 sports: athletics, aquatics (swimming, diving, and water polo), basketball, cycling (road cycling and track cycling), football, and weightlifting. A total of 169 medals were awarded.
After having hosted the SEA Games in 2011, ASEAN University Games, the Islamic Solidarity Games, Palembang is ready to host the Asian Games once again in 2018.
With the experience, Palembang promises to serve a fabulous Asian Games in 2018. Palembang not only has the best arenas in South East Asian, but also has support infrastructure, such as international airport, hotels, and railroad. Palembang build a skybridge to connect Palembang's Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport with a light rail transit (LRT) terminal that will take passengers to Jakabaring.
Palembang has 20 hotels and at least eight new hotels are being built this year. In addition to the 3,000 rooms available now, about 7,000 to 10,000 more hotel rooms will accommodate many more sports ambassador during the games.