1987 South Asian Games

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III South Asian Games
Host city Flag of India.svg Kolkata, India
Nations participating7
  • Medal sports: 10
  • Demonstration sport: 1
Opening ceremony20 November
Closing ceremony27 November
Officially opened by R. Venkataraman
President of India
Main venue Salt Lake Stadium

The 1987 South Asian Games, officially the 3rd South Asian Federation Games were a multi-sport event, held in Kolkata, India from 20 November to 27 November 1987. [1] It was the largest sporting event ever to be held in Kolkata, and West Bengal as a whole. This was also the first time when India hosted these Games.


The games were opened by Indian president R. Venkataraman and the Games Flame was carried by Indian runner Milkha Singh, with Leslie Claudius lighting the flame. [2]

A total of 10 disciplines were contested in these Games. India was the major medal winner at these events, garnering approximately 43% of all the medals. Seven nations participated in these Games. [2]


Medal sports (10)
Demonstration sport (1)

Medal tally

  *   Host nation (India)

1Flag of India.svg  India *914519155
2Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 16391469
3Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 472334
4Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh 3203154
5Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal 273342
6Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 0156
7Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives 0000
Totals (7 nations)116119125360

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