2008 Asian Beach Games
Logo of the 2008 Asian Beach Games.
|Host city||Bali, Indonesia|
|Motto||Inspire the World|
|Events||71 in 19 sports|
|Opening ceremony||18 October|
|Closing ceremony||26 October|
|Officially opened by||Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono|
President of Indonesia
|Athlete's Oath||Andi Ardiansyah|
|Judge's Oath||Pergunan Tarigan|
|Torch lighter||Agus Salim|
|Main venue||Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park|
The 2008 Asian Beach Games, the inaugural Asian Beach Games, was held in Bali, Indonesia, from 18 to 26 October 2008. The opening ceremony was held in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Nusa Dua.
There was no bidding process for Bali to host the games. Although six other countries showed an interest, Bali was chosen by acclamation.
The official logo of the games represents the water element that embodies the sporting event.
The shining sun comes from the emblem of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and represents its vital role in Asia's sport development and the spreading energy created by the solidarity of the OCA. The selection of the light and deep-blue effects represents the color of Balinese waters. The two vertical lines represent two pura (Balinese Hindu temple), an image of the gate to a Balinese house of worship which signifies the ultimate hospitality of the Bali society in honouring and welcoming people from all over Asia. The two big waves represent the commitment as well as the enthusiasm of the host city to holding the first Asian Beach Games.
The letters "BALI 2008" are in red to show the spirit of sportsmanship and the typeface selection emphasizes the pride of all athletes competing in Bali.
The bird symbolizes Bali with all its uniqueness and serves as a reminder that the bird, like Bali, is beautiful, yet sacred. It is therefore apt that the official mascot of Bali was chosen as the official mascot for the first Bali Asian Beach Games.
There were five venues for this games.
|Kuta Beach||Bodybuilding, dragon boat, surfing|
|Nusa Dua - Benoa||3x3 basketball, beach kabaddi, pencak silat, water polo, beach wrestling, jet ski, paragliding, beach woodball|
|Sanur Beach||Beach sepak takraw, beach volleyball|
|Mertasari Beach||Beach handball, beach soccer, marathon swimming, triathlon|
A joint venture between Host Broadcast Services and IMG Media named the International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) served as the games' host broadcaster. This was the first sporting event broadcast by the company as it previously broadcast the Doha 2006 Asian Games under the name Doha Asian Games Broadcast Services (DAGBS).
On 9 October 2008, the torch arrived in Jakarta. On the next day, the torch was paraded from the City Hall to Indonesia's Minister of Youth and Sport Office, and finally arrived at the Istana Merdeka to be given to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
On 10 October 2008, the torch headed to Bali for a nine-day inland tour across ten regions (one city and nine regencies).
More than 500 people (45 per district) were involved in the torch relay as torch bearers. They came from the sports world as local, national and international athletes, coaches and officials. More than 2,000 people participated in the parade.
The journey was a showcase of Indonesian culture to international audiences, especially Balinese traditional art, dance and music.
President Yudhoyono officially opened the games when the torch reached the Garuda Wisnu Kencana.
The ceremony highlighted Indonesian cultural arts and included international performers such as Mark Lazarro from India and Christian Bautista from the Philippines, as well as famous Indonesian singers and composers, such as Reza Artamevira, Andre Hehanusa and Erwin Gutawa.
A countdown clock cost Rp800 million (US$87,521) was situated at Lumintang Field.
41 Asian countries participated in the games.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
|Beach sepak takraw||●||●||●||2||●||●||2||4|
|Beach water polo||●||●||●||1||1|
|Total gold medals||5||9||7||12||5||9||15||9||71|
|4||South Korea (KOR)||4||7||10||21|
|6||Hong Kong (HKG)||3||3||2||8|
|11||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||2||2||3||7|
|16||United Arab Emirates (UAE)||1||1||1||3|
|Totals (27 nations)||71||71||90||232|
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