2011 South Asian Beach Games

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I South Asian Beach Games
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Host city Sri Lanka Hambantota, Sri Lanka
Motto "Our sun to shine on you"
Nations participating 8
Athletes participating 359[1]
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.[1]

Host city selection[edit]

Sri Lankan bid for Hambantota was selected over bids of Bangladesh and the Maldives by the South Asian National Olympic Committees in a unanimous decision.[2]

Logo and the Mascot[edit]

The logo was launched on 20 January 2011 in Galle.[3] 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.[4]

Sports[edit]

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.[5] Triathlon and beach bodybuilding were dropped from the program due to a lack of participants.[6]

Participating nations[edit]

Participating nations.

A total of eight countries participated at the 2011 South Asian Beach Games.

Schedule[edit]

This is the schedule of events for the 2011 South Asian Beach Games.[5]

October 8th
Sat
9th
Sun
10th
Mon
11th
Tue
12th
Wed
13th
Thu
14th
Fri
Events
Ceremonies OC CC
3-on-3 basketball 2 2
Beach football 1 1
Beach handball 1 1
Beach kabbadi 2 2
Beach netball 1 1
Beach volleyball 2 2
Lifesaving 3 3 6
Marathon swimming 2 2
Tent pegging 2 2 2 2 8
Windsurfing 1 1
Total Events 2 5 7 6 5 1 26
Cumulative total 2 7 14 20 25 26
October 8th
Sat
9th
Sun
10th
Mon
11th
Tue
12th
Wed
13th
Thu
14th
Fri
Events

Medal table[edit]

Key

  *   The host country is highlighted in Lavender Blue

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India 11 9 7 27
2  Sri Lanka* 9 10 9 28
3  Pakistan 5 2 4 11
4    Nepal 1 2 5 8
5  Bangladesh 1 1 1 3
6  Maldives 0 1 2 3
7  Afghanistan 0 1 0 1
Total 19 19 21 59

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