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1999 South Asian Games

VIII South Asian Games
Host city Kathmandu, Nepal
Nations participating 7
Events 13 Sports
Officially opened by Birendra of Nepal

The 1999 South Asian Games (or 8th SAF Games) were held in Kathmandu, Nepal (for the second time) from September 25 to October 4, 1999. King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev declared the games open amidst a grand ceremony. 1069 athletes of the different seven SAARC countries participated in the twelve sports. In the final medal count, India took first position and taking the advantages of host country Nepal amazingly took second position followed by Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives. Out of 523 medals India had the most, with 102 gold, 58 silver and 37 bronze, Nepal took 31 gold, 10 silver and 24 bronze, Sri Lanka 16 gold 42 silver and 62 bronze, Pakistan 10 gold, 36 silver and 30 bronze, Bangladesh 2 gold, 10 silver and 35 bronze, Bhutan 1 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze, Maldives 4 bronze. None of the participant countries went back empty hand without having medals. Even Bhutan and Maldives had the benefit of medals.[1]

Medal tally

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India 102 58 37 197
2    Nepal 32 10 24 65
3  Sri Lanka 16 42 62 120
4  Pakistan 10 36 30 76
5  Bangladesh 2 10 35 47
6  Bhutan 1 6 7 14
7  Maldives 0 0 4 4

Note: 28 Golds of Nepal came from Taekwondo and Karate.[2] The gold medal won by Pramila Thapa in taekwondo was the first gold medal in Nepal's taekwondo history and sports council's history.

References

  1. ^ "8th SAF Games". Pakistan Sports Board. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.nocnepal.org.np/index.php?linkId=201
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