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11th South Asian Games

Dhaka-2010

Tina S
Tina S
Jan 30, 2010
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The 2010 South Asian Games, officially the 11th South Asian Games, is a major multi-sportevent, scheduled to take place from January 29 to February 8, 2010 in Dhaka,[1] Bangladesh. This will be the third time that the Bangladeshi capital hosts the Games, thus becoming the 4th city to host the Games multiple times (after Colombo, Kathmandu and Islamabad). It is expected to be the largest sporting event in Bangladesh and in South Asia, eclipsed only by the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, India.
It is also expected to be the largest sporting event ever in the history of Bangladesh.

Opening Ceremony:

Nearly 1,800 athletes from eight countries are expected to take part in the Games dubbed 'The Olympics of South Asia'. They will compete in 23 disciplines, which offer 158 gold medals.
The 23 disciplines are: archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, golf, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, karate, shooting, squash, swimming, cricket, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

Bangladesh is hosting the meet for the third time after staging it in 1985 and 1993 when the Games were formerly known as South Asian Federation (SAF) Games.

Around 11,800 school students, 1300 Ansars, 1000 Army men will take part in various colourful displays at the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony started with the march past by the athletes from the participating eight countries. Afghanistan led the march while hosts Bangladesh finished it amid huge cheers from the crowd. Famed shooter Asif Hossain Khan carried the red and green flag to lead the 453-strong Bangladesh contingent.

The torch of the Games which started its journey from the Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka a week ago was nested by legendary footballer Kazi Salauddin. The torch entered the stadium in the hands of sports organizer Lutfunnesa Haque Bakul. It was then relayed through the length of the stadium by noted sports personalities of the country including cricketer Roquibul Hassan, shooter Atiqur Rahman, swimmer Bazlur Rahman, boxer Mosharraf Hossain. Lastly, Salauddin was elevated to the torch stand where he kindled the torch of the Games.

Then oath of the Games was conducted by Bangladesh football team's captain Aminul Haque and the fastest woman of the country Nazmun Nahar Beauty.

Preparation:

The estimated budget of the 2010 Games is about BDT 16 crore (US$ 2.3 million).

Sub-committees

The South Asian Games Organizing Committee (SAGOC) approved the formation of 20 sub-committees to look after the needs of each aspect of the Games, and also to ensure that work proceeded continuously. These sub-committees include the ceremonious committee, the co-ordination committee and the security committee.

Logo and Mascot:

The logo of the 11th SAF Games represents the flying doyle or doel, more commonly known as the magpie robinwhich was known as Kutumb. It is the National Bird of Bangladesh. The logo was designed by Bangladeshi artist Moniruzzaman.

The mascot of these games also features the magpie robin, holding the torch which would begin the games.

Participating nations:

A total of 8 countries will participate in the 2010 South Asian Games.
     Afghanistan
     Bangladesh
     Bhutan
     India
     Maldives
     Nepal
     Pakistan
     Sri Lanka
This is the second time that Afghanistan participates in the South Asian Games, after 2006.

Sports:

There are 23 official sports for the 11th SAF Games. They are :-
 
Archery
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Boxing
Cricket
Cycling
Football
Golf
Hockey
Handball
Judo
Kabaddi
Karate
Shooting
Squash
Swimming
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Volleyball
Weightlifting
Wrestling
Wushu

For the first time, Twenty20 cricket will be included in the Games. All of the eight participating nations will send under-21 teams for the cricket tournament.

In 2008, it was rumoured that hockey, volleyball, rowing and wrestling had been excluded from the Games. However, later sources confirmed that only rowing had been excluded.


Author's note: To know schedules of SAG then log on http://www.11sagdhaka2010.com.bd/Pages/Schedule/Schedule.aspx
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