Australian athletes for the first time will compete at the Asian Games, rated the second-largest multi-sports event behind the Olympics.
Australians will compete at the 2022 Asian Games in China, though only from five sports – soccer, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and fencing.
Those sports can compete as Australia’s invitations are restricted to sports which qualify through Asian competitions for the 2024 Olympic Games.
Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates had lobbied for inclusion at the Asian showcase for two decades, believing the stiffer competition will help the nation’s performances at subsequent Olympics.
“This has been quite a journey that will ultimately benefit athletes in this region,” Coates said in a statement.