1999 South Asian Games

The 1999 South Asian Games (or 8th SAF Games) were held in Kathmandu, Nepal (for the second time) from 25 September to 4 October 1999. King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev declared the games open amidst a grand ceremony.

8th South Asian Games
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Host cityNepal Kathmandu, Nepal
Nations participating7
Events12 Sports
Opening ceremony25 September 1999
Closing ceremony4 October 1999
Officially opened byBirendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev,
King of Nepal
Main venueDasarath Rangasala Stadium

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 then 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]

The gamesEdit


There were 12 sports including 2 new sports, Karate and Taekwondo.

Medal tableEdit

A total of 523 medals comprising 162 Gold medals, 162 Silver medals and 199 Bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The host Nepal's performance was their best ever yet in South Asian Games and were placed only second to India.[2]

  *   Host nation (Nepal)

1  India (IND)1025837197
2  Nepal (NEP)*31102465
3  Sri Lanka (SRI)164262120
4  Pakistan (PAK)10363076
5  Bangladesh (BAN)2103547
6  Bhutan (BHU)16714
7  Maldives (MDV)0044
Totals (7 nations)162162199523

Note: 28 Golds of Nepal came from Taekwondo and Karate.[3] The gold medal won by Pramila Thapa in taekwondo was the first gold medal in Nepal's taekwondo history and sports council's[clarification needed] history.[4]


  1. ^ "8th SAF Games". Pakistan Sports Board. Archived from the original on 7 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Hosts Nepal set new medals record at South Asian Games". kathmandupost.com. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  3. ^ "Nepal OLympic Committee". Nocnepal.org.np. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  4. ^ "THE OFFICIAL TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME - NEPAL - NETHERLANDS - NIGERIA - NORWAY". www.lacancha.com. Retrieved 2021-11-16.