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Asian Beach Games

October 28, 2008

The inaugural Asian Beach Games came to and end on Sunday with a closing celebration meant to “Inspire the World” one last time.

Over 4000 athletes and officials from 45 countries and regions converged on the island of Bali to compete for the top honours in 17 sports – Beach Handball, Beach Kabaddi, Beach Pencak Silat, Beach Sepaktakraw, Beach Soccer, Beach Volleyball, Beach Wrestling, Body Building, Dragonboat Racing, Jet-ski Sport, Marathon Swimming, Paragliding, Sailing, Surfing, Triathlon, Windsurfing and Woodball. The events took place in several venues around Bali, namely Sanur, Nusa Dua, Benoa, Jimbaran and Kuta.

The games were closed last night with a spectacular display of Bali at its best – a one-of-a-kind combination of harmony, beauty, culture and nature. It included a collaborative presentation of Indonesian traditional dances and songs from the five major islands and Bali performed in contemporary traditional style by 150 dancers and musicians.

The top scoring countries were as follows:

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. INA 23 8 20 51
2. THA 10 17 10 37
3. CHN 6 10 7 23
4. KOR 4 7 10 21
5. JPN 3 3 3 9
6. HKG 3 3 2 8
7. IND 3 0 2 5
8. VIE 2 5 3 10
9. MYA 2 3 0 5
10. MAS 2 2 6 10

Gliding competition : Jingin Wei of China competes in the paragliding competition in Jimbara:

Jingin Wei of China competes in the paragliding ...

Enjoying the ride : Japan’s surfer Akiko Kiyonaga performs in the inaugural Asian Beach Games woman’s surfing competition in Kuta:

Japan's surfer Akiko Kiyonaga performs ...
And Kumi Igarashi of Japan flies during a paraglide accurate competition at Timbis beach in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
Kumi Igarashi of Japan flies during a paraglide accurate competition ...

The Asian Beach Games’ torch from was handed over from Indonesia to Oman, which welcomes the Games to Muscat in 2010…

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