Asian Beach Games

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Asian Beach Games
Abbreviation ABG
First event 2008 Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia
Occur every four years
Last event 2016 Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam
Purpose Beach sports event for nations on the Asian continent

The Asian Beach Games, also known as ABG, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games have been organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The Games are described as the second largest Asian multi-sport event, after the Asian Games. Its popularity is increasing due to the low cost of temporary venues, with beaches and oceans already available , while spectators and tourists are also already available in sand and sea tourist areas.[1]

In its history, six countries have hosted the Asian Beach Games. Forty-five nations have participated in the Games.

The most recent Games were held in Danang, Vietnam from 24 September to 3 October 2016, while the next games will be held in 2020 in Sanya, China; the 2020 Games will be the first to break away from the 2-year cycle.[2]

Participating nations[edit]

All 45 countries whose National Olympic Committee is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia

List of Asian Beach Games[edit]

Host cities of the Asian Beach Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
I 2008 Bali  Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 18 October 26 October 41 1,665 17 59  Indonesia (INA) [3]
II 2010 Muscat  Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said 8 December 16 December 43 1,131 14 52  Thailand (THA) [4]
III 2012 Haiyang  China State councillor Ma Kai 16 June 22 June 43 1,336 13 49  China (CHN) [5]
IV 2014 Phuket  Thailand Privy Councilor Surayud Chulanont 14 November 23 November 42 2,335 26 168  Thailand (THA) [6]
V 2016 Da Nang  Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc 24 September 3 October 41 2,197 14 172  Vietnam (VIE) [7]
VI 2020 Sanya  China 26 November 5 December 22 [8]

Sports[edit]

Sport Years
3-on-3 basketball 2008, since 2012
Air sports 2008, 2012–2014
Beach athletics Since 2014
Beach flag football 2014 only
Beach handball All
Beach kabaddi All
Beach kurash Since 2014
Beach sambo Since 2014
Beach sepak takraw All
Beach soccer All
Beach volleyball All
Beach water polo 2008–2010, since 2014
Beach woodball All
Beach wrestling 2008, since 2014
Bodybuilding 2008–2010, 2014–2016
Coastal rowing 2016 only
Dragon boat 2008, 2010
Duathlon 2014 only
Extreme sports 2014 only
Footvolley 2014 only
Jet ski 2008–2010, 2014
Sport Years
Ju-jitsu Since 2014
Marathon swimming 2008–2010, since 2014
Modern triathle 2014 only
Muaythai Since 2014
Paragliding Accuracy 2008, 2014
Paragliding Cross Country 2008
Paramotoring 2012, 2014
Pencak silat 2008, 2016
Pétanque Since 2014
Roller speed skating 2012 only
Shuttlecock 2016 only
Sailing 2008–2014
Sport climbing 2012–2014
Squash 2014 only
Surfing 2008 only
Tent pegging 2010 only
Triathlon 2008–2010, 2014
Vocotruyen 2016 only
Vovinam 2016 only
Waterskiing 2010–2014

Medal count[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA) 130 97 91 318
2  Vietnam (VIE) 62 68 70 200
3  China (CHN) 60 55 64 179
4  Indonesia (INA) 42 28 53 123
5  South Korea (KOR) 22 35 45 102
6  Iran (IRI) 20 21 15 56
7  Japan (JPN) 14 14 22 50
8  Mongolia (MGL) 14 4 13 31
9  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 13 18 17 48
10  India (IND) 12 5 29 46
11  United Arab Emirates (UAE) 11 9 9 29
12  Chinese Taipei (TPE) 10 21 29 60
13  Qatar (QAT) 8 3 9 20
14  Oman (OMA) 7 5 6 18
15  Bahrain (BRN) 7 3 1 11
16  Malaysia (MAS) 6 17 19 42
17  Pakistan (PAK) 6 14 16 36
18  Hong Kong (HKG) 6 10 16 32
19  Cambodia (CAM) 6 6 10 22
20  Uzbekistan (UZB) 6 1 9 16
21  Myanmar (MYA) 5 11 5 21
22  Philippines (PHI) 5 10 32 47
23  Laos (LAO) 5 5 33 43
24  Singapore (SGP) 5 3 12 20
25  Kuwait (KUW) 4 9 8 21
26  Jordan (JOR) 4 7 7 18
27  Iraq (IRQ) 4 6 12 22
28  Syria (SYR) 4 3 8 15
29  Turkmenistan (TKM) 3 8 16 27
30  Lebanon (LBN) 2 4 11 17
31  Afghanistan (AFG) 2 2 6 10
32  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 1 3 7 11
33  Brunei (BRU) 1 2 6 9
34  Yemen (YEM) 1 1 2 4
35  Tajikistan (TJK) 1 0 4 5
36  Macau (MAC) 0 1 6 7
37  Sri Lanka (SRI) 0 0 6 6
38  Bangladesh (BAN) 0 0 3 3
39  Maldives (MDV) 0 0 1 1
 Nepal (NEP) 0 0 1 1
 Palestine (PLE) 0 0 1 1
 Saudi Arabia (KSA) 0 0 1 1
Totals (42 nations) 509 509 731 1749

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASIAN BEACH GAMES". Archived from the original on 2017-05-13. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Butler, Nick. "Exclusive: Two landlocked countries among those in contention for next Asian Beach Games". Inside the Games. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. ^ "1st ABG Bali 2008". OCA. Retrieved 18 October 2008. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "2nd ABG Muscat 2010". OCA. Retrieved 8 December 2010. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "3rd ABG Haiyang 2012". OCA. Retrieved 16 June 2012. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "4th ABG Phuket 2014". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  7. ^ "5th ABG Danang 2016". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Sanya City in China awarded 2020 Asian Beach Games". Inside The Games. Retrieved 11 June 2018.