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Australia to compete at Asian Games

Australian athletes from five sports will compete at the Asian Games for the first time in 2022.

Australia to compete at Asian Games

Australian athletes from five sports will compete at the Asian Games for the first time in 2022.

Australian athletes for the first time will compete at the Asian Games, rated the second-largest multi-sports event behind the Olympics.

Australians will compete at 2022 Asian Games in China, though only from five sports - soccer, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and fencing.


Those sports can compete as Australia's invitations are restricted to sports which qualify through Asian competitions for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates had lobbied for inclusion at the Asian showcase for two decades, believing the stiffer competition will help the nation's performances at subsequent Olympics.

"This has been quite a journey that will ultimately benefit athletes in this region," Coates said in a statement.

Australia will be among 17 Oceania nations invited to the Asian Games.

But the specifics of the Australian team, in terms of numbers of athletes and sports, is yet to be decided.

"There's a cap of 10,000 athletes for these Games so there will need to be some decisions made along the way about which Australian men's and women's team will compete, but the critical thing is out place is confirmed," Coates said.

The Asian Games will he held in Hangzhou in China in September 2022, about a month after that year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

No Australian athletes face the prospect of competing at both events as the five sports eligible for Hangzhou aren't Commonwealth Games sports in 2022.

AAP


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