South Asian Federation (SAF) Games


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South Asian Federation (SAF) Games

The South Asian Federation Games (SAF Games) is a sport festival of Asian countries. The South Asian Sports Federation comprising India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives was formed in New Delhi on November 26, 1982.

★ Flag and Motto of the SAF Games :The SAF Games flag includes a dove, suggesting the desire for peace in the area. The motto of the SAF Games is 'Peace, Propersity and Progress'.
★ New Name for SAF Games :The SAF Games have been rechristened as South Asian Games, according to a decision taken by the South Asian Sports Federation at its 32nd meeting held in Islamabad (Pakistan) on April 2, 2004.

» The first SAF Games were held in Kathmandu in 1984 followed by Dhaka (1985), Kolkata (1987), Islamabad (1989), Colombo (1991), Dhaka (1993) and Chennai (1995).
» The Eighth SAF Games (September– 25, October 4, 1999) were held in Kathmandu.
» As hitherto, India notched tine top position winning 197 medals including 102 Gold. Nepal with 65 medals including 31 Gold’s and Sri Lanka 119 medals (16 Golds) finished on the second and third place respectively.
» The 10th South Asian Federation Games (18-28 August, 2006) were held in Sri Lanka and India retained the crown, with 118 Gold, 69 Silver and 47 Bronze. Pakistan (43 - 44 - 71) and hosts Sri Lanka (37-63-78) came on the second and third positions respectively in the medals tally.

11th South Asian Game

» India retained the crown at the 11th SA Games (January 29 - February 09, 2010) played in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
» It finished on top of the medals tally with 90 gold, 55 silver and 30 bronze medals.
» Pakistan came second and the hosts Bangladesh third.
» India dominated the events in badminton, swimming, T.T. and shooting.



11th South Asian Game : (Final Medals Tally)

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
India 90 55 30 172
Pakistan 19 25 36 80
Bangladesh 18 23 56 97
Sri Lanka 16 35 54 105
Nepal 08 09 19 36
Afghanistan 07 09 16 32
Bhutan 00 02 03 05
Maldives 00 00 02 02


 
» 12th South Asian Games: India will be the host for the 12th South Asian Games was rescheduled to be held in 2013, but not held till now.




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