2008 Asian Beach Games

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I Asian Beach Games
2008 Asian Beach Games logo.svg
Logo of the 2008 Asian Beach Games.
Host city Bali, Indonesia
Motto Inspire the World
Nations participating 41
Athletes participating 1,665
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
Taufik Hidayat
Oka Sulaksana
Main venue Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park
Website Official website
2010  >

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.[1]

Organisation[edit]

Bidding process[edit]

There was no bidding process for Bali to host the games. Although six other countries showed an interest, Bali was chosen by acclamation.

It was the second time that Indonesia had hosted an Asia-level multi-sport event, after Jakarta held the 1962 Asian Games.

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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.

Mascot[edit]

Official mascot, jalak Bali the Bali starling

The official mascot of the First Asian Beach Games was the Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), locally known as "jalak Bali", the official mascot of Bali and a bird species endemic to the island.

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.

Venues[edit]

There were five venues for this games.

Venue Sports
Kuta Beach Bodybuilding, dragon boat, surfing
Nusa Dua - Benoa 3-on-3 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
Serangan Island Sailing

Sponsorship[edit]

Sponsors include Swatch (official timekeeper and information system provider), Carisbrook (official wardrobe), Pertamina (Indonesian state-owned oil company), Panasonic and Samsung.

Torch relay[edit]

The Bali Asian Beach Games Torch Relay started on 8 October 2008 at Mrapen in Grobogan, Central Java, famous for its eternal flame. The flame was lit with the aid of natural gas.

From Mrapen, the torch was carried to Semarang, the capital city of Central Java, where the torch was carried to the Governor Office by Indonesia's famous sprinter, Suryo Agung Wibowo.

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.

Opening ceremony[edit]

The Garuda Wisnu Kencana

The opening ceremony was held in the Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a great monumental cultural park in Nusa Dua, the most luxurious region in Bali.

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.

Andre Hehanusa, Christian Bautista and Mark Lazarro sang "To Be One" while the Indonesian female singer, Reza Artamevira, performed the games anthem, "Together We Inspire the World".

About 41 country leaders and several very important persons, including members of the British Royal Family and the Qatari Royal Family, attended the opening ceremony.

The 2008 Asian Beach Games were closed by Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, on 26 October 2008.

Sports[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

41 Asian countries participated in the games.

Calendar[edit]

 OC  Opening ceremony  ●   Event competitions   Event finals  CC  Closing ceremony
October 2008 18th
Sat
19th
Sun
20th
Mon
21st
Tue
22nd
Wed
23rd
Thu
24th
Fri
25th
Sat
26th
Sun
Gold
medals
3-on-3 basketball pictogram.svg 3-on-3 basketball 2 2
Beach handball pictogram.svg Beach handball 2 2
Beach kabaddi pictogram.svg Beach kabaddi 2 2
Beach sepaktakraw pictogram.svg Beach sepak takraw 2 2 4
Beach soccer pictogram.svg Beach soccer 1 1
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 2 2
Beach water polo pictogram.svg Beach water polo 1 1
Beach woodball pictogram.svg Beach woodball 2 2 4
Beach wrestling pictogram.svg Beach wrestling 2 2 4
Bodybuilding pictogram.svg Bodybuilding 6 6
Dragon boat pictogram.svg Dragon boat 2 2 2 6
Jet Ski pictogram.svg Jet ski 3 1 4
Open water swimming pictogram.svg Marathon swimming 2 2 4
Paragliding pictogram.svg Paragliding 4 4 8
Pencak silat pictogram.svg Pencak silat 2 6 8
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 6 6
Surfing pictogram.svg Surfing 1 1 1 1 1 5
Triathlon pictogram.svg Triathlon 2 2
Total gold medals 5 9 7 12 5 9 15 9 71
Ceremonies OC CC
October 2008 18th
Sat
19th
Sun
20th
Mon
21st
Tue
22nd
Wed
23rd
Thu
24th
Fri
25th
Sat
26th
Sun
Gold
medals

Medal table[edit]

  Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Indonesia (INA) 23 8 20 51
2  Thailand (THA) 10 17 10 37
3  China (CHN) 6 10 7 23
4  South Korea (KOR) 4 7 10 21
5  Japan (JPN) 3 3 3 9
6  Hong Kong (HKG) 3 3 2 8
7  India (IND) 3 0 2 5
8  Vietnam (VIE) 2 5 3 10
9  Myanmar (MYA) 2 3 0 5
10  Malaysia (MAS) 2 2 6 10
11  Pakistan (PAK) 2 2 3 7
11  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 2 2 3 7
13  Syria (SYR) 2 0 0 2
14  Kuwait (KUW) 1 2 0 3
15  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 1 2 4
16  United Arab Emirates (UAE) 1 1 1 3
17  Singapore (SGP) 1 0 2 3
18  Afghanistan (AFG) 1 0 1 2
19  Mongolia (MGL) 1 0 0 1
19  Oman (OMA) 1 0 0 1
21  Philippines (PHI) 0 2 8 10
22  Brunei (BRU) 0 2 3 5
23  Jordan (JOR) 0 1 0 1
24  Bangladesh (BAN) 0 0 1 1
24  Bahrain (BRN) 0 0 1 1
24  Macau (MAC) 0 0 1 1
24  Maldives (MDV) 0 0 1 1
Total 71 71 90 232

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