1998 Asian Games

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XIII Asian Games
13th asiad.png
Official emblem of the 1998 Asian Games.
Host city Bangkok, Thailand
Motto Friendship Beyond Frontiers
(Thai: มิตรภาพไร้พรมแดน)
Mitrp̣hāph rị̂ phrmdæn
Nations participating 41
Athletes participating 6,554
(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.

Bangkok was awarded the right on September 26, 1990, defeating Taipei, Chinese Taipei and Jakarta, Indonesia to host the Games. Bangkok was the first city to hosted the Asian Games for four times.

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.

After that, Bangkok was the first city to hosted the Asian Games for four times, after the 1966, 1970 and 1978 games and the first game was Bangkok hosted by the bidding.

19 votes were needed for selection.

1998 Asian Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Bangkok  Thailand 20
Taipei  Chinese Taipei 10
Jakarta  Indonesia 7

Organizing Committee[edit]


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.[1]

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.[2]



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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. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "part 8 Opening Ceremony Asian Game 1998(bangkok)". YouTube.