2011 South Asian Beach Games
|Host city||Hambantota, Sri Lanka|
|Motto||"Our sun to shine on you"|
|Events||26 in 10 Sports|
|Opening ceremony||8 October|
|Closing ceremony||14 October|
|Officially opened by||President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa|
|Main venue||Hambantota Beach Stadium|
The 1st South Asian Beach Games was held in Hambantota, Sri Lanka between 8 and 14 October 2011. The opening ceremony was held at the Hambantota Beach Stadium, located in Hambantota district. 359 athletes from eight South Asian nations were competed.
Host city selection
Logo and the Mascot
The logo was launched on 20 January 2011 in Galle. The Mascot represents a character called "Salu Paaliya" which is one of the 12 Palis. Palis are characters which represents various dance forms. It is believed that the "Salu Paaliya" has comical actions and the power to heal which is ideal for the Beach Games as the Mascot.
Marathon swimming and sailing were to be contested in Arugam Bay while the remaining sports were contested in Hambantota. However later organizers decided to move the events closer locations, Tangalle and Tissamaharama. 26 events in 10 sports were held. Triathlon and beach bodybuilding were dropped from the program due to a lack of participants.
A total of eight countries participated at the 2011 South Asian Beach Games.
- Bangladesh (19)
- Bhutan (4)
- India (90)
- Maldives (56)
- Nepal (36)
- Pakistan (56)
- Sri Lanka (110)
This is the schedule of events for the 2011 South Asian Beach Games.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
The host country is highlighted in Lavender Blue
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- Sri lanka gears for Beach games
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- Bangladesh Contingent will depart Dhaka on 6 October 2011
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- Beach games participants from Nepal bade farewell