2002 Asian Games

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XIV Asian Games
14th asiad.svg
CountrySouth Korea
MottoNew Vision, New Asia[1]
(Korean: 새로운 비전, 새로운 아시아)
(saeloun bijeon, saeloun asia)
Nations participating44
Athletes participating7,711
Events419 in 38 sports
Opening ceremonySeptember 29
Closing ceremonyOctober 14
Officially opened byKim Dae-jung
President of South Korea
Officially closed byAhmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
President of the Olympic Council of Asia
Athlete's OathMoon Dae-sung
Torch lighterHa Hyung-joo, Kye Sun-hui
Website2002 Asian Games
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The 2002 Asian Games (Korean: 2002년 아시안 게임, translit. 2002-nyeon Asian Geim), also known as the XIV Asiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Busan, South Korea from September 29 to October 14, 2002 with the football event commenced 2 days before the opening ceremony.

Busan is the second city in South Korea, after Seoul in 1986 to host the Games. This was the second time South Korea hosted the event. A total of 419 events in 38 sports were contested by 7,711 athletes from 44 countries.[2][3] The Games were also co-hosted by its four neighbouring cities: Ulsan, Changwon, Masan and Yangsan.[4] It was opened by President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung, at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by China, followed by host South Korea and Japan. South Korea set a new record with 95 gold medals. In addition, Japanese Swimming Kosuke Kitajima 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.

Host city selection[edit]

Busan was selected over Kaohsiung in OCA session on May 1995.[5]

Development and preparation[edit]

2002 Asian Games is located in South Korea
Busan
Busan
South Gyeongsang
South Gyeongsang
Ulsan
Ulsan
Host cities of the 2002 Asian Games

Venues[edit]

42 competition venues were used in the Games with twelve of them are newly built.[6][7]

Busan
Asiad Sports Complex
  • Busan Asiad Stadium - Athletics, Football (Final), Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Sajik Swimming Pool - Aquatics (Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Diving)
  • Sajik Gymnasium - Basketball, Gymnastics
  • Sajik Baseball Stadium - Baseball
Gangseo Sports Park
  • Gangseo Archery Field - Archery
  • Gangseo Gymnasium - Badminton, Fencing
  • Gangseo Hockey Stadium - Hockey
Geumjeong Sports Park
  • Geumjeong Gymnasium - Basketball
  • Geumjeong Velodrome - Cycling (Track)
  • Geumjeong Tennis Stadium - Tennis
Gudeok Sports Complex
  • Gudeok Main Stadium - Football
  • Gudeok Baseball Stadium - Soft tennis
  • Gudeok Gymnasium - Judo, Taekwondo
Others
  • Nakdong River Rowing and Canoeing Courses - Canoeing, Rowing
  • Gijang Gymnasium - Volleyball (Indoor)
  • Haeundae Beach - Volleyball (Beech)
  • Dongju College Gymnasium - Cue sports
  • Gijang Road Cycling Race Course - Cycling (Road)
  • Gijang Mountain Bike Race Stadium - Cycling (Mountain, Down hill)
  • Busan Citizens' Hall - Bodybuilding
  • Homeplus Asiad Bowling Alley - Bowling
  • Busan Equestrian Grounds - Equestrian, Modern pentathlon (Riding)
  • Asiad Country Club - Golf
  • Tongmyong University of Information Technology Stadium - Kabaddi
  • Samnak Riverside Athletic Park - Modern pentathlon (Running)
  • Busan Yachting Center - Sailing
  • Pukyong National University Gymnasium - Weightlifting
  • Dongseo University Minseok Sports Center - Wushu, Sepak takraw
South Gyeongsang
Changwon Sports Park
  • Changwon Swimming Pool - Aquatics (Water polo), Modern pentathlon (Swimming)
  • Changwon Main Stadium - Football
  • Changwon Gymnasium - Handball
Masan Sports Complex
  • Masan Gymnasium - Boxing
  • Masan Sports Complex Main Stadium - Football
Others
  • Yangsan College Gymnasium - Karate, Wrestling, Squash
  • Yangsan Public Stadium - Football
  • Changwon Evergreen hall - Modern pentathlon (Fencing)
  • Changwon International Shooting Range - Shooting, Modern pentathlon (Shooting)
Ulsan
  • Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium - Football
  • Ulsan public stadium - Rugby
  • Ulsan Dongcheon Gymnasium - Table tennis

Additionally, a Games village and a main press centre were built in the host city, Busan[8][9]

Branding and design[edit]

Official mascot

The emblem of the Games is a motif of East sea blue waves in the shape of Taegeuk, symbolising Busan and Korea. It expresses the image of development and unity of the Asian people and the two dynamic powers that are closely intertwined. The wave's shape in the emblem indicates the character B, the first character of Busan.[10][11]

The mascot of the 2002 Asian Games is a Sea gull, the city bird of Busan named "Duria", whose name is a combination of the two words 'Durative' and 'Asia', which means "You and Me Together" or Everlasting Asia in the Korean language, which expresses the ideal of the Games: to promote harmony, friendship and prosperity among Asian countries. Its' thick black ink and free line expression, symbolize Korean traditional culture, while its' white colour shade representing the image of a powerful spirit and the great hopes for Asia in the 21st century.[12]

Marketing and promotion[edit]

In conjunction with the Games, eight songs were released as the official music for the Games:[13]

  • "The Dream of Asia" – Lee Moon-se
  • "Frontier!-Voices from the East" – Yang Bang-ean & Furee
  • "We are..." – Baby box
  • "Theme from Duria" – Hong Jong-myung, Shin Hyo-bum
  • "The Fanfare" – Busan city Orchestra
  • "Welcome to Busan Korea" – Kim Hyo-soo
  • "Let`s Go!!" – Gang Hyun-soo
  • "Love to All of Us" – CAN

The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

All 44 members of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) with 7,711 athletes took part in the Games. East Timor participated for the first time since its independence and Afghanistan returned to the action since Taliban had come to power.[14] Below is a list of all the participating NOCs; the number of competitors per delegation is indicated in brackets.[15]

Sports[edit]

A total of 419 events in 38 sports was contested in the Games for 16 days of competition. Football and basketball was kickoff two and one day respectively prior to the opening ceremony.[16] Bodybuilding was the debutant sport in Games.[17]

Calendar[edit]

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
September / October 2002 27th
Fri
28th
Sat
29th
Sun
30th
Mon
1st
Tue
2nd
Wed
3rd
Thu
4th
Fri
5th
Sat
6th
Sun
7th
Mon
8th
Tue
9th
Wed
10th
Thu
11th
Fri
12th
Sat
13th
Sun
14th
Mon
Gold
medals
Archery pictogram.svg Archery 1 1 2 4
Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg Artistic swimming 1 1 2
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 5 10 7 9 5 8 1 45
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 1 1 2 3 7
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball 1 1
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 2 2
Bodybuilding pictogram.svg Bodybuilding 4 4 8
Bowling pictogram.svg Bowling 2 2 2 2 2 10
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 12 12
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 5 8 13
Cue sports pictogram.svg Cue sports 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 10
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Cycling – Mountain bike 2 1 1 4
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling – Road 2 1 1 4
Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Cycling – Track 2 3 3 4 12
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 2 2 1 1 1 1 8
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 2 1 1 1 1 6
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 1 1 2
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 2
Golf pictogram.svg Golf 4 4
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics – Artistic 1 1 2 5 5 14
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics – Rhythmic 1 1 2
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 2
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 4 4 4 4 16
Kabaddi pictogram.svg Kabaddi 1 1
Karate pictogram.svg Karate 7 4 11
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 2 2 1 1 6
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 6 7 13
Rugby union pictogram.svg Rugby union 1 1 2
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 15 15
Sepaktakraw pictogram.svg Sepaktakraw 2 2 2 6
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 8 6 6 6 6 6 4 42
Soft tennis pictogram.svg Soft tennis 2 5 7
Softball pictogram.svg Softball 1 1
Squash pictogram.svg Squash 2 2
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 5 5 6 6 5 5 32
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 1 1 1 2 2 7
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 4 4 4 4 16
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 1 3 2 7
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Volleyball – Beach 2 2
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball – Indoor 1 1 2
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1 1
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 15
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 5 4 5 4 18
Wushu pictogram.svg Wushu 2 9 11
Total gold medals 2 14 19 31 41 35 27 23 32 33 35 27 19 32 42 7 419
Ceremonies
September / October 2002 27th
Fri
28th
Sat
29th
Sun
30th
Mon
1st
Tue
2nd
Wed
3rd
Thu
4th
Fri
5th
Sat
6th
Sun
7th
Mon
8th
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9th
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10th
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11th
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12th
Sat
13th
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14th
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Gold
medals


Medal table[edit]

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

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)1508474308
2 South Korea (KOR)*968084260
3 Japan (JPN)447372189
4 Kazakhstan (KAZ)20263076
5 Uzbekistan (UZB)15122451
6 Thailand (THA)14191043
7 India (IND)11121336
8 Chinese Taipei (TPE)10172552
9 North Korea (PRK)9111333
10 Iran (IRI)8141436
11–39Remaining5073143266
Totals (39 nations)4274215021350

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "14th AG Busan 2002". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  3. ^ "Asian Games open in South Korea". United Press International. 29 September 2002.
  4. ^ "Neighboring Host Cities". busanasiangames.org. Archived from the original on 2003-06-05. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  5. ^ "'Busan 2002 Asian Games held'". News Library (in Korean). 24 May 1995. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Venues readiness". busanasiangames.org. Archived from the original on 2003-07-05. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  7. ^ "2002 Asian Games venues". Pusan Web.
  8. ^ "Athlete's village". Archived from the original on 2003-07-17.
  9. ^ "Main Press Centre". Archived from the original on 2003-07-17.
  10. ^ "Emblem, Busan 2002". OCA. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  11. ^ "General Information". Archived from the original on 2003-02-02.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "Mascot, Busan 2002". OCA. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  13. ^ "AG Official Music". busanasiangames.org. Archived from the original on 2003-07-04. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  14. ^ "History of the Asian Games". The Times of India. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  15. ^ "Each National & Regional". busanasiangames.org. Archived from the original on 2003-06-05. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  16. ^ "Competition Schedules". busanasiangames.org. Archived from the original on 2003-06-21. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  17. ^ "South Korea catches Japan in medals race". CNNSI.com. 2002-10-05. Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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