The postponed Asian Games, originally scheduled for September 2022,
is just one of many sporting highlights that are taking place in the
Asia-Pacific region in 2023.
The Games, which will be held in China's eastern city of Hangzhou
this autumn from 23 September to 8 October, is expected to attract
around 10,000 athletes from across the region.
Also taking place this year is the fifth edition of the World
Baseball Classic, which will be held in Japan from 8 March for two
weeks, with Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea expected to
field teams for the tournament.
Football is also a major feature across Asia Pacific this year. In
May, Indonesia will host the FIFA U-20 World Cup from May 20 to June 11
across a number of cities. This will be the first FIFA tournament hosted
by the country.
Come summer, the spotlight will then shift to Australia and New
Zealand, which are joint hosts for the FIFA Women's World Cup, which
kicks off on 20 July. A total of 64 matches will be played across 10
stadiums over the course of the month-long event, and 32 nations will
compete including teams from the Philippines, Japan, China, Vietnam and
Indonesia has this year taken over the ASEAN chairmanship from
Cambodia, and will soon kick off the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Yogyakarta
from 2-5 February.
and business events will continue to dominate the region calendar this
year, with a number of events expected to boost the economy in several
These include the G-7 summit, taking place in Hiroshima in Japan in
May, defence summit Shangri-La Dialogue, which will be held in Singapore
in June, and the G-20 summit in India in September.
Attention will also remain on the Middle East, with Dubai hosting
COP28, the United Nations Climate Conference, from 30 November until 12
December, and which is expected to attract attendees from more than 200
Middle East region has already hosted two sizeable events in the last
year - the World Expo, which took place in Dubai from October 2021 until
March 2022 and more recently, the month-long FIFA World Cup Football
tournament, held in Qatar between November and December.