1984 South Asian Games

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I South Asian Games
Host cityKathmandu
Nations participating7
Events5 sports
Opening ceremony17 September
Closing ceremony23 September
Officially opened byBirendra,
King of Nepal
Main venueDasarath Stadium
1985  >

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

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. Its gold was claimed by Nepal.[2]


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

Medal tally[edit]

  *   Host nation (Nepal)

1 India44281688
2 Sri Lanka7111937
3 Pakistan53210
4   Nepal*412824
5 Bangladesh281323
6 Bhutan0022
7 Maldives0011
Totals (7 nations)626261185


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