1998 Asian Games

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XIII Asian Games
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Slogan: "Friendship Beyond Frontiers"
Host city Thailand Bangkok, Thailand
Nations participating 41
Athletes participating 6,554
Events 36 sports
Opening ceremony December 6
Closing ceremony December 20
Officially opened by King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Athlete's Oath Preeda Chulamonthol
Torch Lighter Somluck Kamsing
Main venue Rajamangala Stadium
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The 13th Asian Games were held from December 6 to December 20, 1998 in Bangkok, Thailand. This was the first time that Thailand bid for the event after it shouldered the two postponed hosting rights in 1970 and 1978.[1]


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.


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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.[2]

Participating NOCs[edit]

National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are named according to their official IOC designations and arranged according to their official IOC country codes in 1998.

Saudi Arabia withdrew from the Games, but paraded in the Opening Ceremony.[3]


Medal table[edit]

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 129 78 67 274
2  South Korea (KOR) 65 46 53 164
3  Japan (JPN) 52 61 68 181
4  Thailand (THA) 24 26 40 90
5  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 24 24 30 78
6  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 19 17 41 77
7  Iran (IRI) 10 11 13 34
8  North Korea (PRK) 7 14 12 33
9  India (IND) 7 11 17 35
10  Uzbekistan (UZB) 6 22 12 40
Total 378 380 467 1225


Hua Mark[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

  • 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

Other venues[edit]

Chiang Mai
  • Ambassador Sport Center (Squash)
  • Ao-Dongtarn Jomtien Beach (Sailing)
  • Jomtian beach (Beach Volleyball)
  • Map Prachan Reservoir (Canoeing, Rowing)
Nakhon Nayok
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Sawan
  • Nakhon Sawan Province Central Stadium (Football)
Pathum Thani
  • Alpine Golf and Sports Club (Golf)
  • Queen Siritkit Sport Complex (Baseball, Hockey)
  • Fort Adhisorn Riding Club (Equestrian)
  • Sisaket Province Central Stadium (Football)
Suphan Buri
  • Municipal Gymnasium (Basketball)
  • Suphan Buri Province Central Stadium (Football)
Surat Thani
  • Surat Thani Province Central Stadium (Football)
  • Trang Province Central Stadium (Football)
  • Municipal Gymnasium (Sepak Takraw)

Opening ceremony[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Past Asian Games – Bangkok 1998 Asian Games". OCA. beijing2008.cn (official website of 2008 Beijing Olympics). November 22, 2006. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ "13th Asian Games Bangkok 1998 - Chai-Yo". GAGOC. gz2010.cn (official website of 2010 Asian Games). April 27, 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ "part 8 Opening Ceremony Asian Game 1998(bangkok)". YouTube.