2008 Asian Beach Games
|I Asian Beach Games|
Slogan: "Inspire the World"
|Host city||Bali, Indonesia|
|Events||71 in 19 sports|
|Opening ceremony||October 18|
|Closing ceremony||October 26|
|Officially opened by||President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono|
|Athlete's Oath||Andi Ardiansyah|
|Torch Lighter||Agus Salim
I Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana
|Main venue||Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park|
The 2008 Asian Beach Games, the inaugural Asian Beach Games, was held in Bali, Indonesia from 18 October to 26 October 2008. The opening ceremony was held in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Nusa Dua, Bali.
There was no bidding process for Bali to host the inaugural edition of the Asian Beach Games. Although there were six other country that show their interest to host the games, Bali was chosen by acclamation to host the games.
The Official Logo of the 1st Asian Beach Games Bali 2008 represents the water element that embodies the sporting event.
The shining sun comes from the emblem of the Olympic Council of Asia and represents its vital role in Asia's sport development and spreading energy created by the solidarity of the OCA.
The selection of the light and deep-blue effects represents the color of Balinese waters.
The two vertical lines represent two Pura (Balinese Hindu temple), an image of the gate to a Balinese house of worship which is signifies the ultimate hospitality of the Bali society in honouring and welcoming people from all over Asia.
The two big waves represent the commitment as well as the enthusiasm of the host city to hold the 1st Asian Beach Games.
The letters "BALI 2008" are red to show the spirit of sportsmanship and the typeface selection emphasizes the pride of all athletes competing in Bali.
The official mascot of the 1st Asian Beach Games is Bali Starling (Leucopsar Rothschildi), locally known as “Jalak Bali”, as well as the official mascot of Bali and a bird species endemic to this Island.
The bird symbolizes Bali with all its uniqueness and serves as a reminder that the bird, like Bali, is beautiful, yet sacred. It is therefore apt that the official mascot of Bali was chosen as the official mascot for the first Bali Asian Beach Games.
There were 5 venues for this games.
|Kuta Beach||Bodybuilding, Dragon boat, Surfing|
|Nusa Dua - Benoa||3-on-3 basketball, Beach kabaddi, Pencak silat, Water polo, Beach wrestling, Jet ski, Paragliding, Beach woodball|
|Sanur Beach||Beach sepaktakraw, Beach volleyball|
|Mertasari Beach||Beach handball, Beach soccer, Marathon swimming, Triathlon|
The inaugural Asian Beach Games have more than five committed sponsors, such as:
- Swatch (official timekeeper and information system provider)
- Carisbrook (official wardrobe)
- Pertamina (Indonesian state-owned oil company)
On October 9, 2008, the torch arrived in Jakarta. On the next day, the torch has been paraded from the City Hall to Indonesia's Minister of Youth and Sport Office, and finally arrived at the Istana Merdeka to be given to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
On October 10, 2008, the torch headed to Bali for a 9 day inland tour across 10 regions (1 city and 9 regencies).
More than 500 people(45 per district) were involved in the Torch Relay as torchbearer. They came from the sports world: athletes (local, national, and international), coaches, and officials. Besides that, more than 2,000 people participated in the parade.
The journey was a showcase of Indonesian culture, especially Balinese traditional art, dance, and music to international audiences.
Indonesian President, Yudhoyono has officially opened the games when the torch reached the Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
The show showcased highlights Indonesian cultural arts, and featured international performers such as Mark Lazarro from India and Christian Bautista from the Philippines, and also famous national singer and composer, such as Reza Artamevira, Andre Hehanusa and Erwin Gutawa.
There were 41 Asian countries confirmed to participate in the game.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
|Beach water polo||●||●||●||1||1|
|Total gold medals||5||9||7||12||5||9||15||9||71|
|4||South Korea (KOR)||4||7||10||21|
|6||Hong Kong (HKG)||3||3||2||8|
|11||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||2||2||3||7|
|16||United Arab Emirates (UAE)||1||1||1||3|
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