|Motto||Onward, No Retreat!|
|Type||Sporting event organization|
|Purpose||To boycott the International Olympic Committee after the suspension of Indonesia from that organization|
|51 active members|
and host country's official language when necessary
The Games of the New Emerging Forces (GANEFO) were the games set up by Indonesia as a counter to the Olympic Games. Established for the athletes of the so-called "emerging nations" (mainly newly independent socialist states), GANEFO was the name given both to the games held in Jakarta in 1963 and the 36-member sporting federation established the same year. A second GANEFO scheduled for Cairo in 1967 was cancelled and GANEFO had only one subsequent event, an "Asian GANEFO" held in Phnom Penh in 1966.
- 1 Sports and politics at GANEFO
- 2 1st GANEFO
- 3 2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
- 4 2nd Asian GANEFO
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Sports and politics at GANEFO
Indonesia established GANEFO in the aftermath of IOC censure for the politically charged 4th edition of Asian Games in 1962 in Jakarta which Indonesia hosted and for which Taiwan and Israel were refused entry cards. The IOC's eventual reaction was to indefinitely suspend Indonesia from the IOC. Indonesia had “thrown down a challenge to all international amateur sports organizations, which cannot very well be ignored,” in the words of IOC president Avery Brundage. This was the first time the IOC suspended one of its members, although Indonesia was readmitted in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Ten countries (Cambodia, China, Guinea, Indonesia, Iraq, Mali, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the USSR) announced plans to form GANEFO in April 1963, and 36 countries signed on as members in November 1963. GANEFO made it clear in its constitution that politics and sport were intertwined; this ran against the doctrine of the International Olympic Committee, which strove to separate politics from sport. Indonesian president Sukarno responded that the IOC was itself political because it did not have the People's Republic of China or North Vietnam as members; the IOC was simply "a tool of the imperialists and colonialists." Nevertheless, the IOC decreed that the athletes attending GANEFO would be ineligible to participate in the Olympic Games.
|Host city||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Opening ceremony||10 November 1963|
|Closing ceremony||22 November 1963|
|Officially opened by||President Sukarno|
|Main venue||Gelora Bung Karno Stadium|
Participating Nations in 1st GANEFO
The first edition of GANEFO was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 10–22, 1963 for 13 days. Athletes from 46 nations dispatched about 2,700 athletes and 7 nations sent staff and officials. In total, 51 nations participated in the Games from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America such as Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Chile, Ceylon, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, DPR Korea, the Dominican Republic, Finland, France, East Germany, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, China PR, the Philippines, Poland, Mali, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Thailand, Tunisia, Soviet Union, North Vietnam, the United Arab Republic (currently Egypt and Syria), Uruguay, Yugoslavia, etc. Unlike the Olympics, there was also a team representing "Arab Palestine."
No country, however, was represented officially by its national Olympics committee, for fear of IOC reprisals. For instance, the Soviet Union, in a show of solidarity, sent athletes to the first GANEFO, but in order not to jeopardize their position in the IOC, the Soviet athletes were not of Olympic caliber. Japan let their athletes of non-Olympic caliber attend the first Ganefo to take account of the host nation's position of 1964 Summer Olympics.
1st GANEFO Commemorative Stamps
Medal table at 1st GANEFO
In the first edition of GANEFO, China PR was the highest ranking nation with 65 gold medals, Soviet Union the second, followed by the United Arab Republic on the third, Indonesia the fourth, and North Korea the fifth. In all, 48 countries reportedly won medals.
|4||United Arab Republic||22||18||12||52|
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2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
|Host city||Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|Opening ceremony||25 November 1966|
|Closing ceremony||6 December 1966|
|Officially opened by||Norodom Sihanouk|
Participating Nations in 2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
About 2,000 athletes participated in the 2nd edition of GANEFO from 17 nations (Cambodia, Ceylon, China PR, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, North Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, Syria, North Vietnam and Yemen). The games were opened by Prince Sihanouk, the prime minister of Cambodia.
The second GANEFO was restricted to Asia, except Guinea which participated in the qualifying tournament in Pyongyang, North Korea in August 1–11, 1965. Consequently, only 17 Asian countries participated in the second tournament in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in November 25 – December 6, 1966 which was named '1st Asian GANEFO'.
Medal table at 2nd GANEFO (1st Asian GANEFO)
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2nd Asian GANEFO
In September 1967 was announced a second Asian GANEFO to be held in Beijing, China, in 1970, but later Beijing dropped the plans to host the Games, which were then awarded to Pyongyang, North Korea. But the Games never occurred and the GANEFO organisation collapsed.
- Athletics at the 1963 GANEFO
- Athletics at the 1966 GANEFO
- 1976 Summer Olympics (also boycotted by China, and African countries)
- 1980 Summer Olympics (also boycotted by Indonesia and China, and Western Bloc countries)
- 1984 Summer Olympics (also boycotted by North Korea, and Eastern Bloc countries)
- Friendship Games (game made by Soviet Union to boycott the 1984 olympics)
- Jules Boykoff, ''Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics'' (New York: Verso, 2016) 95-97.
- Modelski, George (1963). The New Emerging Forces. Canberra: Australian National University, Research School of Pacific Studies.
- Field, Russell (2011). The Olympic Movement’s Response to the Challenge of Emerging Nationalism in Sport: An Historical Reconsideration of GANEFO. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.
- "Fakta Sejarah: CONEFO".
- "GANEFO opening ceremony footage". Youtube. 1963.
- "Pembagian medal". Harian Rakyat. 23 November 1963.
- Ewa T. Parker, “Ganefo I: Sports and Politics in Djakarta,” Asian Survey, 5:4 (1965), 181.