Asian Games (中国与亚运会 Zhōngguó yú Yàyùnhuì)

REN Hai 任海

In 1911, when the news reached Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the president of the International Olympic Committee, that the YMCAs of the Philippines, China, and Japan had established the Far Eastern Olympic Association to host games that were to be an imitation of the modern Olympic Games, he was reputedly pleased. He demanded, however, that the Far Eastern Olympic Association should not use the term Olympiad because that term should be used to refer only to the modern Olympic Games, which had begun under Coubertin’s leadership in 1896. Accordingly, the name of the fledging association was changed to the “Far Eastern Games Federation,” and the name of the games changed to the “Far Eastern Championship Games” in 1915.

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