1954 Asian Games

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II Asian Games
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Host cityManila
CountryPhilippines
MottoEver Onward
Nations participating18
Athletes participating970
Events77 in 8 sports
Opening ceremonyMay 1
Closing ceremonyMay 9
Officially opened byRamon Magsaysay
President of the Philippines
Athlete's OathMartin Gison
Judge's OathAntonio Delas Alas [1]
Torch lighterEnriquito Beech[2]
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The 1954 Asian Games, officially known as the II Asian Games, was a sports event in Manila, Philippines. It occurred from May 1 to May 9, 1954. There were 77 events from 8 sports and disciplines.

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  1. Not formally named as Judge's Oath, it was a tradition then when an officiating representative (Judge) of the host nation formally approach the Head of State to read a statement from the Sport Officers and to request the Head of State to formally open the games.
  2. As requested by the IOC, the torch relay and lighting of the cauldron were excluded from the Opening Ceremony to preserve the tradition of the Olympic Games. The torch ceremony were returned at the 1958 Asian Games. The host however gave a solution by giving a special citation to the last athlete to enter the parade. The Philippines, as host, was the last country to enter the stadium.