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1984 South Asian Games

I South Asian Games
Host city Kathmandu, Nepal
Nations participating 7
Events 5 sports
Officially opened by Birendra of Nepal

The 1984 South Asian Games (or 1st SAF Games) were held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from September 17 to 23, 1984.[1] It was the first edition of South Asian Games.

The number of disciplines were restricted to five only. Indian sportsmen topped the medal tally, winning 88 medals. Half of these medals were gold. There were 28 silver and 16 bronze medals won by India. Sri Lanka followed India by winning seven golds, 11 silver and 19 bronze medals whereas Pakistan got five gold, three silver and two bronze medals. As the games were held for the first time, all the gold medallists created new games records which were shattered in the subsequent editions. However, the two records created in swimming remain intact till date. Bula Choudhary of India won the 100-metre freestyle event clocking 1:2:81 whereas the Indian relay team won the 4x100 metre freestyle event which continue to find place in the record books. Football was the only team game which could fit into the scheme of the games. It's gold was claimed by Nepal.[2]


There were 5 official sports for the 1st SAF Games. They were :-

Medal talley

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India 44 28 16 88
2  Sri Lanka 7 11 19 37
3  Pakistan 5 3 2 10
4    Nepal 4 12 8 24
5  Bangladesh 2 8 13 23
6  Bhutan 0 0 2 2
7  Maldives 0 0 1 1


  1. ^ "South Asian (Federation) Games". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "1st SAF Games". Pakistan Sports Board. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
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