|Athletes participating||2,000+ (estimated)|
|Opening ceremony||29 January|
|Closing ceremony||9 February|
|Officially opened by||Sheikh Hasina, |
Prime Minister of Bangladesh
|Main venue||Bangabandhu National Stadium|
The 2010 South Asian Games, officially the XI South Asian Games, was a major multi-sport event that took place from 29 January to 8 February 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This was the third time that the Bangladeshi capital hosted the South Asian Games, thus becoming the first city to hold the games three times.
Roughly 2000 athletes from eight countries competed at the games in 23 different sports. The sporting giant of the region, India continued its dominance in the game's medal tally with a staggering 175 medals including 90 gold medals. Pakistan narrowly beat the host country in gold medals count with 19, while the host Bangladesh captured 18 golds including the region's most popular and prestigious football and cricket titles. Bangladesh, however, earned second spot in total medal count beating out Pakistan. Sri Lanka's Shehan Abeypitiya becomes the fastest man while Pakistan's Naseem Hamid was crowned the fastest woman of the region winning 100 meter sprint.
The 11th South Asian Games were originally scheduled to take place in November 2009. However, the host country (Bangladesh) faced difficulties due to general elections. As a result, the South Asian Association Council (SAOC) held the 39th Executive Meeting and decided against hosting the Games in 2009, postponing the games to early 2010.
The South Asian Games Organizing Committee (SAGOC) approved the formation of 20 sub-committees to look after the needs of each aspect of the Games, and also to ensure that work proceeded continuously. These sub-committees included the ceremonious committee, the co-ordination committee and the security committee.
Logo and mascot
The logo of the 11th SAF Games was Kutumb: a doel, known in English as the Oriental magpie robin. It is the national bird of Bangladesh. The logo was designed by Bangladeshi artist Moniruzzaman. The mascot of the games also featured a magpie robin, which was holding the torch to begin the games.
A total of eight countries participated in the 2010 South Asian Games.
A total of 23 sports competitions were held at the 11th SAF Games.
Following are the highlights of each of the sports:
Archery – Men & Women
India won all 4 gold medals in the men's and women's events. Host Bangladesh was a distant second with two silvers.
Athletics (Track & Field) – Men & Women
Badminton – Men & Women
India won all 7 gold medals, dominating in both men's and women's events.
Basketball – Men
Afghanistan won the gold medal by beating India in the final while Bangladesh claimed the Bronze in the Men Basketball event.
Boxing – Men
India won 3 gold medal followed by host Bangladesh with 2 gold and a silver. Pakistan won 1 gold and 1 silver.
Cricket – Men
Under-21 Cricket T20 was introduced for the first time in the SA Games, with Bangladesh emerged victorious beating Sri Lanka in the closely contested final. Pakistan won the bronze by beating Maldives. India, the other test playing nation of the region, did not participate in the event.
Cycling – Men & Women
India dominated with 3 gold and a silver while Sri Lanka won 1 gold and 1 silver.
Football – Men & Women
Host Bangladesh reclaimed the regional supremacy by winning gold medal in the most one-sided final in the history of the game. They beat the surprise package Afghanistan in the final by 4–0. Bangladesh won each of their matches without conceding a single goal in their 5 matches including the final. Afghanistan, who rushed into the final for the first time in this regional showpiece, was unbeaten till the final registering wins against the likes of India, Maldives and the defending champion Pakistan. Maldives won the bronze by beating India.
In the women football, India won the gold medal beating Nepal in the final while Bangladesh claimed the bronze.
Golf – Men
Host Bangladesh made a clean sweep in both team and individual event. Team Bangladesh won the gold beating India and Sri Lanka who won silver and bronze respectively. In the Individual event, Bangladesh bagged all the three medals.
Handball – Men
Pakistan won the Handball gold beating India in the final. Bangladesh won the bronze.
Hockey – Men
Pakistan beat their arch-rival India in the final through tie-breaker to win the gold medal in hockey. After the teams ended the regular and extral time with 1–1 draw, Pakistan comes superior through penalty strokes by 4–3. Bangladesh edged past Sri Lanka to win the bronze.
Judo – Men & Women
India won 5 gold and 1 silver while Pakistan won 3 gold and 3 silver in Judo. India won both the gold medals in women's category while the men's glory were shared equally between India and Pakistan each winning 3 gold each.
Kabadi – Men & Women
India maintained their supremacy in this regional sports by winning gold in both men and women event. Pakistan won the silver in men's category while Bangladesh bagged the silver in the women's Kabadi.
Karate – Men & Women
Bangladesh won 4 gold and 1 silver followed by Nepal with 3 gold and 2 silver. Afghanistan won two gold while Pakistan and Sri Lanka won 1 each. In men's event Nepal and Afghanistan won two gold each while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have 1-a piece. In the women's event, host Bangladesh dominated with 3 gold while Pakistan and Nepal shared the remaining two.
Shooting – Men & Women
India dominated in both men's and women's event bagging 19 out of 22 gold medals along with 8 silver medals. Host Bangladesh won the remaining 3 gold medals with 6 silvers.
Swimming – Men & Women
India and Sri Lanka dominated the pool with India winning 11 out of 12 gold in men's event, while 5 out of 7 in women's event. They also won 5 silvers in the men's and 2 in the women's category. Sri Lanka won 3 gold and 6 silver.
Squash – Men
Pakistan maintained their supremacy in Squash winning both gold and silver in individual event and gold in the team event. India and Bangladesh won silver and bronze respectively in team event.
Table Tennis – Men & Women
India made a clean sweep by winning all the 7 gold medals in this sports. They also won 5 silver medals. Sri Lanka claimed silver in both men and women team event.
Taekwondo – Men & Women
Afghanistan won 3 gold in men's event and 1 silver in women's while Nepal won 1 gold and 1 silver each in men's and women's event. India won two gold in men's event, while Bangladesh won equal number of gold in women's event. Sri Lanka won 1 gold in women's event.
Volleyball – Men
Weightlifting – Men
Wrestling – Men
India won 3 gold and a silver in Wrestling while Pakistan won 2 gold and a silver. Afghanistan won 1 gold and 2 silver.
Wushu – Men & Women
|4||Sri Lanka (SRI)||16||35||54||105|
|Totals (8 nations)||158||158||216||532|
Due to preparations for the closing ceremony at the National Stadium (which was the actual finishing point for marathon ) in a last moment decision, the finishing line was relocated to outside of the National Stadium. However, the distance was not properly re-calculated and, after a Nepali athlete completed the race with 12 minutes less than the world record, it was noticed that the course only measured 35 km; over 7 km less than the required distance. The results of competition were allowed to stand but the times were deemed ineligible for record purposes.
Six Nepali athletes were slightly injured when a hotel lift crashed just hours before the launching of the games.
One of the host nation's cyclists, Fatema Chingby Marma, was disqualified as she was being pushed by an enthusiastic local motor cycle rider from behind during the cycling event at Khulna - Gopalganj.
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