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10 August 2009 :: 18:08:44 pm 6666

The 1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009 Has Concluded With Great Success

The 1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009, hosted by Thailand from August 1 to 9, concluded with great success. Thailand, the host country, came first, winning 54 medals, comprising 21 golds, 17 silvers, and 16 bronzes.
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Kazakhastan came in second place, with 34 medals, consisting of 15 golds, 7 silvers, and 12 bronzes. Ranked third in the gold medal tally was the Republic of Korea, receiving 19 medals (10 gold, 6 silver, and 3 bronze). The People’s Republic of China ranked fourth, with 19 medals (9 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze), followed by Japan, 14 medals (9 gold, 2 silver, and 3 bronze), Vietnam, 39 medals (7 gold, 11 silver, and 21 bronze), Indonesia, 16 medals (5 gold, 6 silver, and 5 bronze), Uzbekistan, 21 medals (4 gold, 5 silver, 12 bronze), Chinese Taipei, 20 medals (4 gold, 5 silver, and 11 bronze), and India, 33 medals (3 gold, 7 silver, and 23 bronze).

Forty countries and economies, with 1,500 athletes and officials, took part in the Games. Out of them, 32 took home medals. Known as the first Martial Arts Games, it is also in effect, the last, because the event will become part of the Asian Indoor Games, which are held every four years. The next will take place in 2013.

In his closing speech on August 9, Mr. Timothy Tsun Ting Fok, Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA), said, “The Royal Thai Government, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and the people of Thailand have done their utmost to fulfill their obligations in full compliance with the provisions of the OCA Constitution with great generosity and without any limitation, which no other country in the world could have done. The kind hospitality provided has made us feel Thailand as our second home. The magnificent organization of the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games through the full nine days has left a lasting mark in our hearts and the lovely mascot will be engraved in our mind and memory forever.”




Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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