2019 South Asian Games

The 2019 South Asian Games, officially the XIII South Asian Games, was a major multi-sport event which was originally slated to be held from 9 to 18 March 2019 in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal.[4] However, the dates were postponed and the event was held from 1–10 December 2019, coincidentally at the same time as the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines.[5][6] The new dates were confirmed at the South Asian Olympic Council Executive Board meeting in Bangkok on 1 March 2019. The Dasarath Stadium hosted the opening ceremony along with the men's football tournament, with the stadium's renovation after the 2015 earthquake completed in under 10 months with an increased capacity of 20,000,[7][8] along with the closing ceremony on 10 December.

13th South Asian Games
2019 South Asian Games logo.png
Host cityKathmandu, Pokhara & Janakpur
CountryNepal
Nations participating7
Athletes participating2715
Events317 in 26 sports
Opening ceremony1 December
Closing ceremony10 December
Officially opened byBidhya Devi Bhandari (President of Nepal)[1]
Athlete's OathParas Khadka (cricket)[2]
Judge's OathDeepak Thapa (badminton)[2]
Torch lighterDeepak Bista[3]
Main venueDasarath Rangasala Stadium
Websitewww.13sagnepal.com
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VenuesEdit

Three different cities in Nepal hosted the competition: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur.[4]

 
Pokhara Stadium

KathmanduEdit

Venue Sport(s)
Dasarath Stadium Athletics
Football (men)
International Sports Complex, Satdobato Boxing
Karate
Shooting
Squash
Swimming
Taekwondo
Tennis
Covered Hall, Tripureshwor Basketball
Volleyball
TU Cricket Ground Cricket (men)
Sahid Park, Gokarna Cycling (mountain biking)
Ring Road Cycling (road)
Covered Hall, Naya Bazar, Kirtipur Fencing
Kho-kho
Gokarna Forest Resort Golf
Army Physical Fitness Centre, Lagankhel Judo
Wushu
APF Hall, Halchowk Kabaddi
Table Tennis Hall, Lainchaur Table Tennis
 
Nepal vs Bangladesh SAG 2019 Group Stage Match. Nepal with 1 - 0 score.
 
 
Pokhara
 
Kathmandu
 
Janakpur
Location of events in 2019 South Asian Games in Nepal

PokharaEdit

Venue Sport(s)
Badminton Covered Hall, Pokhara Badminton
Pokhara Cricket Ground Cricket (women)
Pokhara Stadium Archery
Football (women)
Pokhara Covered Hall Handball
Basundhara Park Triathlon
Phewa Lake[9] Beach volleyball
Matepani Weightlifting

JanakpurEdit

Venue Sport(s)
Janakpur Covered Hall Wrestling

Logo and mascotEdit

On 13 May 2019, the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Nepal unveiled the logo and mascot of the 13th South Asian Games. The ministry along with the Nepal Olympic Committee revealed a pair of blackbucks (Krishnashar) as the official mascot for the 2019 South Asian Games. Blackbucks are the only extant member of the genus Antelope and mostly found in the southern region of Nepal and is an endangered species with in Nepal.[10][1]

The committee also revealed the official logo of the Games, a flying pigeon that embodies the vibrant colour of the logo of South Asia Olympic Council. It also includes world heritage sites and mountains of Nepal in the background.[10]

The GamesEdit

Participating nationsEdit

Seven countries competed. For the first time since 1999, Afghanistan did not compete at the South Asian Games, after leaving the South Asia Olympic Council in 2016. A total of 2,715 athletes competed.

SportsEdit

These Games featured 26 sports[11] with cricket returning after 8 years.[12] Golf and karate were the two sports added by the hosts as their choice.[12] All events must include a minimum of four participating teams otherwise it will not be held. Paragliding, which was scheduled to debut, was removed, as only two nations (Nepal and Pakistan) had registered competitors.[13]

CalendarEdit

This is currently based on the schedule released by the South Asia Olympic Council prior to the 13th South Asian Games (2019 Nepal).[14][15]

All dates are Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)
 OC  Opening ceremony  ●   Event competitions  1  Event finals  CC  Closing ceremony
November/December, 2019 27
Wed
28
Thu
29
Fri
30
Sat
1
Sun
2
Mon
3
Tue
4
Wed
5
Thu
6
Fri
7
Sat
8
Sun
9
Mon
10
Tue
Gold
medals
  Ceremonies OC CC
  Archery 4 4 2 10
  Athletics 4 10 4 8 6 4 36
Basketball   Basketball 2 4
  3x3 Basketball 2
  Badminton 2 5 7
  Boxing 6 10 16
Cricket   Cricket (M) 1 2
  Cricket (F) 1
  Cycling 2 2 2 2 8
  Fencing 3 3 3 3 12
Football   Football (M) 1 2
  Football (F) 1
  Golf 4 4
  Handball 2 2
  Judo 7 7 6 20
  Kabaddi 2 2
  Karate 9 6 4 19
  Kho-Kho 2 2
  Shooting 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 9
  Squash 2 2 4
  Swimming 8 7 7 8 8 38
  Table tennis 2 3 2 7
  Taekwondo 13 4 6 6 29
  Tennis 2 2 3 2 9
  Triathlon 2 1 2 5
Volleyball   Beach volleyball 2 4
  Volleyball 2
  Weightlifting 5 5 5 5 20
  Wrestling 4 4 4 2 14
  Wushu 2 2 19 23
Total gold medals 8 33 29 43 47 35 25 31 34 23 308
Cumulative Total 8 41 70 113 160 195 220 251 285 308

RecordsEdit

  1. On 2 December 2019, Nepal women cricketer Anjali Chand created history by registering best bowling figures in any international Twenty20 match. She took 6 wickets for 0 runs while playing against Maldives.[16]
  2. On 3 December 2019, Indian shooter Mehuli Ghosh clinched the 10m air rifle gold with a score of 253.3 in the final. Though her score, which is 0.4 more than the current world record of 252.9, created by another Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela is not recognised by the international body ISSF but is the Games record.[17]
  3. Indian high jumper Sarvesh Anil Kushare created Games record in the final of the high jump event. He jumped a height of 2.21 meter breaking 2.20 meters set by Sri Lankan athlete Manjula Kumara at the 2004 edition.[18]
  4. On 5 December 2019, Karthik Unnikrishnan of India broke the previous Games' Triple jump record of 16.45 metres set by Indian Renjith Maheshwary in the previous edition. He jumped a distance of 16.47 metres to win the gold medal.[19]
  5. On 6 December 2019, 2018 Asian Games champion, Tejinder Pal Singh set a new Games record in Shot put. He threw the shot at a distance of 20.03 metres breaking previous record of 19.15 metres set by another Indian athlete Bahadur Singh Sagoo in the 1999 edition.[20] On the same day, Sri Lankan men's 4x100 m relay team consisting of Himasha Eashan, Chanuka Sandeepa, Vinoj De Silva, Yupun Priyadarshana, set a new Games record, timing 39.14 secs bettering 39.91 secs previously set by Indian team in the 2004 edition.[21]
  6. On 7 December 2019, Pakistani athlete Arshad Nadeem created a new Games record in Javelin throw. He threw a distance of 86.23 metres bettering previous distance of 83.23 metres by India.[22]

Medal tableEdit

As of 19:05, 10 December 2019 NST [23][24]

  *   Host nation (Nepal)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  India (IND)1739345311
2  Nepal (NEP)*516095206
3  Sri Lanka (SRI)4083128251
4  Pakistan (PAK)324159132
5  Bangladesh (BAN)193287138
6  Maldives (MDV)1045
7  Bhutan (BHU)071320
Totals (7 nations)3163164311063

Broadcasting rightsEdit

Organizer of 2019 South Asian Games, Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC), sold the broadcast rights to A company, NK Media Ventures Pvt Ltd who ensured that the event will be available live in more than 15 channels across South Asia. In Nepal, following channel purchased broadcasting rights from NK Media Ventures.[25]

ReferencesEdit

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