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The Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia were in full swing Tuesday, as competitors from across the continent gathered for the world's second largest multi-sports event.

While the Games share many of the disciplines that feature at the Olympics, the world's largest sporting gathering, there are several other disciplines that do not feature on the list of approved Olympic sports.

Among the uniquely Asian sports that are featured in Jakarta-Palembang is Kabaddi, a team contact sport that is hugely popular across South and Southeast Asia which resembles a game of tag with elements of full-blooded wrestling.

Other disciplines being showcased in Indonesia this week are the martial art Wushu events, which, despite not being featured at the Olympic Games, are recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

Several martial arts medals are up for grabs at the Games, including Tai Chi, Qiangshu, Nangun and others.

Another locally popular discipline which is being featured at the Games is sepaktakraw, a game which resembles volleyball but in which players use their feet rather than their hands.

The Asian Games are not just an opportunity for competitors to excel in events which demand a certain physical prowess.

The tournament also features an international bridge event, which pits competitors against each other across the green felt of the card table.

The oldest participant of the Asian Games 2018 is an 85-year-old bridge player from the Philippines, Kong Te Yang.

While bridge is familiar to Western observers as a traditional card game, it would not have been considered an appropriate discipline at the Olympics, at least in the modern age.

From 1912 to 1948, in addition to physical sports that we have become accustomed to, the Olympics also gave out medals for various artistic events, such as poetry, sculpture and architecture, among others.

The Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta-Palembang run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.