The Asian Athletics Championships was formerly known as Asian Track and Field Meeting before it’s rebranding.
It is an event organized by the Asian Athletics Association, which held its first edition in 1973 at Marikina Philippines, which saw 37 events contested and Japan topping the table.
It is held every 2-years and Singapore was lucky enough to become host city in 1987.
The Lion City hosted the Asian Athletics Championships on 22nd to 26th July 1987 at the old grand dame, Kallang National Stadium.
The groundwork to get hosted was done the 2-years before when China and India put in their bid to host the 1987 Championship with Singapore, who was finally picked as the Republic athletics governing association, Singapore Amateur Athletics Association (SAAA) managed to secure a $1 million worth of sponsorships after a successful trip to Japan by the then SAAA President Loh Lin Kok.
The 7th edition of the regional competition saw the likes of Indian track superstar P. T. Usha, the track queen of Asia then and Talal Mansour of Qatar and Lydia de Vega of the Philippines blazed the track with their performances.
40 event categories were contested in Singapore and unfortunately, Team Singapore, however, did not make the podium. China emerged as the overall champion then.
Asian Athletics Association has had twenty editions so far, the last one was held last year in Bhubaneswar, India. The city of Doha, Qatar will play host for the next edition in 2019.