NOC Recognition Year: 1936
Asian Games Debut: 1951
Afghanistan took part in the Asian Games for the first time at the inaugural edition in New Delhi in 1951.
They are one of five initiator nations of the Asian Games Federation, which was established in 1949, the five pioneers of the Olympic Council of Asia.
Afghanistan were ever-present at the five initial editions of the Asian Games but were absent from the sixth, in Bangkok, in 1970.
Of the 18 Asian Games to date, Afghanistan also missed Bangkok 1978, Seoul 1986 and Bangkok 1998.
Afghanistan's best performance at an Asian Games came at Guangzhou 2010 where they achieved two silver medals and one bronze.
At Incheon 2014, Afghanistan won one silver and one bronze medal, and ranked 35th out of the 45 participating countries.
Four years later at Jakarta-Palembang 2018, Afghanistan landed two bronze medals as their hunt for a first-ever gold at the Games continues.
Asian Games Medal Tally: Gold 0 / Silver 5 / Bronze 8 / Total 13