Australian athletes for the first time will compete on the Asian Games, rated the second one-biggest multi-sports event in the back of the Olympics.

Australians will compete at 2022 Asian Games in China, even though most straightforward from five sports – soccer, basketball, volleyball, seashore volleyball and fencing.

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

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates had lobbied for inclusion at the Asian show off for 2 decades, believing the stiffer competition will help the kingdom’s performances at subsequent Olympics.

“This has been quite an adventure so that it will, in the end, benefit athletes in this region,” Coates stated in an assertion.

Australia can be amongst 17 Oceania countries invited to the Asian Games.

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

“There’s a cap of 10,000 athletes for these Games so there’ll need to be a few selections made along the manner approximately which Australian guys and women’s team will compete, but the critical thing is out the place is confirmed,” Coates said.

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

No Australian athletes face the chance of competing at both activities because the five sports eligible for Hangzhou aren’t Commonwealth Games sports activities in 2022.