2004 South Asian Games

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IX South Asian Games
9th South Asian Games 2004 Islamabad Logo.png
Host city Pakistan Islamabad, Pakistan
Nations participating 7
Events 14 Sports
Opening ceremony 29 March
Closing ceremony 7 April
Officially opened by Pervez Musharraf
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The 2004 South Asian Games(or 9th SAF Games) were held in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2004. Originally scheduled for 2001, these games were postponed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the United States in which the US later declared Pakistan a Major non-NATO ally.[1] The slogan for these Games is "Rising Above".

Delay[edit]

The games in Islamabad were originally to be held in 2001, but they were inevitably rescheduled (with the location remaining unchanged) for March 29 through April 6, 2003, due to the invasion of Afghanistan. Afghanistan was invited for the games, however Bhutan and India withdrew.[2]

The entire event was postponed once again due to the war against Iraq. Pakistan retained the organisational authority, despite Sri Lanka being offered to host the games for 2004. Nevertheless, the honour was returned to Sri Lanka as they were given the 10th edition for 2005 instead. The 9th edition was then rescheduled in Pakistan, for March 28 through April 6, 2004. Despite not entering in the previous schedule, Bhutan and India now entered, though the Maldives withdrew.[3] Afghanistan is first time included in these games.

Sports[edit]

Medal tally[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India (IND) 103 57 32 192
2  Pakistan (PAK) 38 55 50 143
3  Sri Lanka (SRI) 17 32 57 106
4  Nepal (NEP) 7 6 20 33
5  Bangladesh (BAN) 3 13 24 40
6  Bhutan (BHU) 1 3 2 6
7  Afghanistan (AFG)[4] 1 3 28 32
8  Maldives (MDV) 0 0 0 0
Total 170 169 213 552

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Asian Games postponed. BBC News. Thursday, 17 June, 2004, 08:46 GMT 09:46 UK. Accessed On: Aug 01 2014.
  2. ^ "9th South Asian Federation Games 2004 (Pakistan)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "9th South Asian Federation Games 2004 (Pakistan)". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.sports.gov.pk/Participation/9th_SAF_Games.htm