1923 Far Eastern Championship Games

6th Far Eastern Championship Games
Host city Osaka, Japan
Nations participating 3
Opening ceremony 21 May 1923
Closing ceremony 25 May 1923

The 1923 Far Eastern Championship Games was the sixth edition of the regional multi-sport event, contested between China, Japan and the Philippines, and was held from 21–25 May in Osaka, Empire of Japan. It was the first and only time that Osaka hosted the event, marking a departure of the capital Tokyo being the traditional Japanese venue. Java, Thailand and French Indochina were invited to compete, but declined. A total of eight sports were contested over the course of the five-day event.[1]

During the games, Lou Salvador of the Philippines' achieved the all-time record for the most points scored by a player in a single game in international basketball competition. He scored 116 points to lead the Philippines and beat China to recapture the gold medal.[2]

In the football competition, China was represented by South China AA, a Hong Kong-based team.[3]

Women appeared as competitors at the games for the first time. Demonstration matches in tennis and volleyball were contested but were not awarded medals as part of the official programme.[4]

There were calls for a boycott of the 1923 games in China, due to poor relations with Japan, but as the delegation was traditionally led by an American from the Chinese YMCA branch the nation participated at the games regardless. This led to further questions in the press about China's national sovereignty in international sports.[4]




  1. Bell, Daniel (2003). Encyclopedia of International Games. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina. ISBN 0-7864-1026-4.
  2. Bocobo, Christian; Beth Celis (2004). Legends and Heroes of Philippine Basketball. Philippines: Christian Bocobo. p. 131. ISBN 0-9763202-0-7.
  3. Far Eastern Games. RSSSF. Retrieved on 2014-12-21.
  4. 1 2 Morris, Andrew D. (2004). Marrow of the Nation: A History of Sport and Physical Culture in Republican China. pp. 77, 90–91. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0520240841.

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