1998 Asian Games
Official emblem of the 1998 Asian Games.
|Host city||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Motto||Friendship Beyond Frontiers
Mitrp̣hāph rị̂ phrmdæn
(4,454 men, 2,100 women)
|Events||376 in 36 sports|
|Opening ceremony||December 6|
|Closing ceremony||December 20|
|Officially opened by||Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
|Athlete's Oath||Preeda Chulamonthol|
|Judge's Oath||Songsak Charoenpong|
|Torch lighter||Somluck Kamsing|
|Main venue||Rajamangala National Stadium|
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The 1998 Asian Games (Thai: เอเชียนเกมส์ 1998), officially known as the XIII Asiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand from December 6 – December 20, 1998, with 376 events in 36 sports and disciplines featured in the Games.
The final medal tally was led by China, followed by South Korea, Japan and the host Thailand. Thailand set a new record with 24 gold medals. In addition, Japanese Athletics Koji Ito was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Games., the games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of competition amongst the Asian nations.
Three cities bid for the Games. All three, Taipei (Chinese Taipei), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand) submitted their formal bid in 1989.
The vote was held on September 27, 1990, at the China Palace Tower Hotel in Beijing, Thailand, during the OCA's general assembly. All 37 members voted, with voting held in secret ballot. It was announced that Bangkok won the rights. Though the vote results were not released, it was revealed that Bangkok won by 20-10-7.
19 votes were needed for selection.
|1998 Asian Games bidding results|
The Official Emblem of the 13th Asian Games elements from Asia in general and Thailand in particular. It is based on the letter A, representing Asia and Athletes. The Maha Chedi, or pagoda shape, represents Thailand, in particular. The pinnacle of the Maha Chedi symbolises the knowledge, intelligence and athletic prowess of Thailand's forefathers, which are second to none. The top is part of the OCA logo.
The official Mascot of the 13th Asian Games is an elephant. The elephant is a very distinctive animal which has lived with the people of Thailand for many generations and is universally admired for its strengths and nobility. The mascot's name Chai-Yo (Thai: ไชโย) (a Thai word meaning pleasure, gladness, success, unity and happiness) is usually shouted by a group of people to show their unity and solidarity.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.
|2||South Korea (KOR)||65||46||53||164|
|6||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||19||17||41||77|
|8||North Korea (PRK)||7||14||12||33|
- Rajmangala Stadium (Opening & Closing ceremonies, Football)
- Indoor Stadium (Sepak Takraw)
- Velodrome (Cycling)
- Shooting Range (Shooting)
- Clay Target Shooting Range (Clay Target Shooting)
Muang Thong Thani
- IMPACT Arena (Boxing)
- IMPACT Hall 1-5 (Billiards & Snooker, Gymnastics, Volleyball)
- Thunder Dome (Weightlifting)
- SCG Stadium (Rugby Football)
- Tennis Centre (Tennis)
Thammasat University (Rangsit Centre)
- Main Stadium (Athletics and Football)
- Gymnasium 1 (Basketball, Judo, Wrestling)
- Gymnasium 2 (Badminton)
- Gymnasium 3 (Handball)
- Gymnasium 4 (Fencing)
- Gymnasium 5 (Table Tennis)
- Gymnasium 6 (Wushu)
- Gymnasium 7 (Karate, Taekwondo)
- Field 1 (Archery)
- Field 2 (Softball)
- Aquatic Center (Aquatics)
- Athletes Village
- Kasetsart University (Hockey)
- PS Bowling Bangkapi (Bowling)
- Suphachalasai Stadium (Football)
- Thai Army Sports Stadium (Rugby)
- Thai-Japanese Stadium (Football)
- Thupatemee Stadium (Football)
- 700th Anniversary Stadium (Football)
- Ambassador Sport Center (Squash)
- Ao-Dongtarn Jomtien Beach (Sailing)
- Jomtian beach (Beach Volleyball)
- Map Prachan Reservoir (Canoeing, Rowing)
- Srinakharinwirot University (Ongkarak Campus) (Handball, Softball, Kabaddi)
- Khao Yai Rimtarn Resort (Cycling)
- Nakhon Sawan Province Central Stadium (Football)
- Alpine Golf and Sports Club (Golf)
- Queen Siritkit Sport Complex (Baseball, Hockey)
- Fort Adhisorn Riding Club (Equestrian)
- Sisaket Province Central Stadium (Football)
- Municipal Gymnasium (Basketball)
- Suphan Buri Province Central Stadium (Football)
- Surat Thani Province Central Stadium (Football)
- Trang Province Central Stadium (Football)
- Municipal Gymnasium (Sepak Takraw)
The opening ceremony started at 17:00 local time on December 6, 1998. It was attended by King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, President of International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch and President of the OCA Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
- "13th Asian Games Bangkok 1998 - Chai-Yo". GAGOC. gz2010.cn (official website of 2010 Asian Games). April 27, 2008. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved May 26, 2011.
- "part 8 Opening Ceremony Asian Game 1998(bangkok)". YouTube.