Asian Games Federation (AGF) was the governing body of sports in
Asia from 1949 to 1982. The federation was disbanded on 16 November
New Delhi and replaced by the Olympic Council of Asia. The AGF
was responsible for the organisation of the
Asian Games from 1951 to
1982. The Federation was established on 13 February 1949, in a
meeting held in Patiala House in New Delhi.
1.1 Meeting in London
1.2 Meeting in Delhi
2 See also
In March 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, who later became the first prime
minister of India, held the Asian Relations Conference in New
Delhi—a meeting with a prospect to bring the possibility of Asian
Games under the attention of participating countries. Before the
conference, Guru Dutt Sondhi, who was the member of the International
Olympic Committee for India, encouraged Yadavindra Singh, Maharaja of
Patiala and the then-president of the Indian Olympic Association
(IOA), to communicate with meeting attendees to establish the Asian
Games Federation. The proposal was not acknowledged by some
representatives and the rest, who approved, refused to make any
In July 1947, the IOA, which initially was advocating the organisation
of Games, retracted its patronage for unknown reasons. Sondhi found an
alternative; rather than organising a multi-sport event, for which he
needed an approval of the IOA, he opted for a single event
championship titled the Asian Athletic Championships—a track and
field event. Sondhi, who was also the president of the Amateur
Athletic Federation of India (AAFI) (now Athletics Federation of
India), received the consent of federation in February 1948.
Yadavindra, on the request of Sondhi, became the president of the
organising committee for the Championship, and Sondhi took the
position of chairman. In early July, formal invitations were sent to
various Asian countries, backed by the letter from the AAFI. But the
response was not positive as there was a scheduling conflict with the
1948 Summer Olympics, which were scheduled from 29 July.
Meeting in London
During the 1948 Olympic Games, Sondhi held a meeting on 8 August 1948,
at Mount Royal Hotel in London. Invitations were sent to all the Asian
National Olympic Committees
National Olympic Committees present in London at that time. Chief
Managers of Korea, China, Philippines, Singapore, Burma, Ceylon,
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq,
called for the meeting, but only representatives from Burma, Ceylon,
China, India, Philippines, and Korea attended. Sondhi made two
proposals: first, to organise an Asian Athletic Championship in
February 1949 in New Delhi, and second, to establish the Asian Games
Federation, based on the IOC model. Founder of the Philippine Amateur
Athletic Federation and first Filipino member of the International
Jorge B. Vargas
Jorge B. Vargas stoutly backed the second proposal,
and the first proposal was accepted by the attendees with an
amendment. For the further development of the federation, a decision
was made to conduct a meeting during the Championship in
New Delhi in
February 1949, and a sub-committee, consisting representatives from
four nations, was appointed to draft the constitution and ordinances
of the federation.
Meeting in Delhi
The Asian Athletics Championship was not realised due to "unsettled
conditions" and economic difficulties of participating nations, but a
meeting was organised at the Patiala House, in Delhi, among the
representatives of nine Asian nations, on 12 and 13 February 1949. The
meeting was attended by the representatives of Afghanistan, Burma,
Ceylon, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan,
Philippines and Thailand.
The drafted constitution, presented by the sub-committee, was again
revised as per the Olympic Charter—the constitution of the
International Olympic Committee—and accredited. To avoid the
ambiguity generated by the literal meaning of term "athletic",
sub-committee rectified the primitively proposed title of the
federation from Asian Amateur Athletic Federation to Asian Games
Federation. Afghanistan, Burma, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines
became the first five members of the
Asian Games Federation after
signing the constitution in its full term; the other four attendees
also signed it, but it still needed the ratification by their
governments or their National Sports Associations. The federation
Yadavindra Singh as the president,
Jorge B. Vargas
Jorge B. Vargas as
vice-president, and G. D. Sondhi as secretary treasurer.
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