Beijing Asian Games created a big divide between China and rest of Asia. The hosts won more than 30% of the medals, 183 of the 310 Gold medals and other countries including India had their worst show. Indians finished 12th with 23 medals that included just one Gold medal, won in Kabaddi that was introduced in 1990 Asian Games and since then India has been the undisputed champion of this Sports in both Men’s and Women’s event.
Indian History at Every Asian Games: 1951, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986
Indian Medal Winners at Asian Games: 1951, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 2014
Indian Performance at Asian Games in Different Sports
Asian Games 1990 Statistics
- Nations: 36
Sports: 27 (Kabaddi, Sepak takraw, Softball, Softennins, and Wushu made debut)
Medals: 976 medals (310 gold, 309 silver and 357 bronze)
Countries Winning Medals: 25
As Chinese swept 29 of the 43 Gold medals, for the first time Indian Athletics squad failed to win a Gold medal in Field and Track events of any Asian Games. Indians managed to win 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals.
Indians won only a Bronze.
Indian Men settled for another Silver while Women were pushed to 4th place. Men’s team lost to undefeated Pakistan while won remaining 5 to finish 2nd at Round Robin. Women’s team lost matches against the top three, winning two.
Results for Men’s Team
Def China 4-0
Def Malaysia 1-0
Def South Korea 2-0
Def Hong Kong 10-0
Def Japan 3-0
Lost to Pakistan 2-3
Results for Women’s Team
Lost to Japan 0-1
Def North Korea 2-0
Lost to South Korea 1-6
Lost to China 0-3
Def Singapore 5-0
Squad: Shriram Bhavsar, Anil Kumar, Tirath Raj, S. Rajarathnam, Ashan Kumar Sangwan, Hardeep Singh
On debut, the Sports was played as Round Robin for Men’s event. Indians won all the 5 matches scoring maximum 234 points and conceiding the leaast 84 points. With a Points difference of +150 they were the clear Gold medal winner. Being tied on points, in a Playoff Bangladesh defeated Pakistan 19-18 to win Silver.
Result for India
Def China 46-15
Def Nepal 43-21
Def Japan 45-18
Def Pakistan 48-13
Def Bangladesh 52-17
Indians won 4 Bronze medals in Men’s event to finish 5th.
Indians won two Bronze medal to finish 7th.
Soma Dutta won the only medal for India.
Indians won a Bronze in Men’s Team.
Indians won 2 silver and 2 Bronze to finish joint 5th.
Indians won a Silver and a Bronze.