|Host city||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Motto||Friendship Beyond Frontiers|
Mitrp̣hāph rị̂ phrmdæn
(4,454 men, 2,100 women)
|Events||377 in 36 sports|
|Opening ceremony||6 December|
|Closing ceremony||20 December|
|Officially opened by|| Bhumibol Adulyadej |
King of Thailand
|Officially closed by|| Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah |
President of the Olympic Council of Asia
|Athlete's Oath||Preeda Chulamonthol|
|Judge's Oath||Songsak Charoenpong|
|Torch lighter||Somluck Kamsing|
|Main venue||Rajamangala National Stadium|
|Website||1998 Asian Games|
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The 1998 Asian Games (Thai : เอเชียนเกมส์ 2541 or เอเชียนเกมส์ 1998), officially known as the 13th Asian Games and the XIII Asiad,[ citation needed ] was an Asian multi-sport event celebrated in Bangkok, Thailand from December 6 to 20, 1998, with 377 events in 36 sports and disciplines participated by 6,554 athletes across the continent. The football event commenced on 30 November 1998, a week earlier than the opening ceremony.
Bangkok was awarded the right on September 26, 1990, defeating Taipei, Chinese Taipei and Jakarta, Indonesia to host the Games. It was the first city to hosted the Asian Games for four times, the last three editions it hosted were in 1966, 1970 and 1978. The event was opened by Bhumibol Adulyadej, the king of Thailand at the Rajamangala Stadium.
The final medal tally was led by China, followed by South Korea, Japan and the host Thailand. Thailand set a new record with 24 gold medals. In addition, Japanese Athletics Koji Ito was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of competition amongst the Asian nations. For Thailand, it was one of its remarkable achievement in sports development throughout its modern history.
Three cities bid for the Games. All three, Taipei (Chinese Taipei), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Bangkok (Thailand) submitted their formal bid in 1989.
The vote was held on September 27, 1990, at the China Palace Tower Hotel in Beijing, China, during the 9th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly. All 37 members voted, with voting held in secret ballot. It was announced that Bangkok won the rights. Though the vote results were not released, it was revealed that Bangkok won by 20-10-7.
After that, Bangkok was the first city to hosted the Asian Games for four times, after the 1966, 1970 and 1978 games and this was the first time that the city have put a bid for the event.
19 votes were needed for selection.
According to United Press International news report, preparations for the games including the construction and renovation of three main stadiums and an athletes' village, cost an estimated 6 billion Thai baht (US$167 million).
The Official Emblem of the 13th Asian Games elements from Asia in general and Thailand in particular. It is based on the letter A, representing Asia and Athletes. The Maha Chedi, or pagoda shape, represents Thailand, in particular. The pinnacle of the Maha Chedi symbolises the knowledge, intelligence and athletic prowess of Thailand's forefathers, which are second to none. The top is part of the OCA logo.
The official Mascot of the 13th Asian Games is an elephant named Chai-Yo (Thai : ไชโย) (a Thai word meaning pleasure, gladness, success, unity and happiness) whose name is a phrase shouted by a group of people to show their unity and solidarity. In Thailand, the elephant is a very distinctive animal which has lived with its people for many generations and is universally admired for its strengths and nobility.
The opening ceremony started at 17:00 local time on December 6, 1998. It was attended by King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, President of the International Olympic Committee Juan Antonio Samaranch and President of the OCA Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah. The nations entered in alphabetic order of their country names in Thai during the parade of nations.
National Olympic Committees (NOCs) are named according to their official IOC designations and arranged according to their official IOC country codes in 1998.
|Participating National Olympic Committees|
Saudi Arabia was not attending due to the fact that the tournament period overlaps with Ramadan and that there is a big national event in the country, but it was pointed out that it was because diplomatic relations between Thailand were deteriorated by the Blue Diamond Affair. However paraded in the Opening Ceremony.
The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.
Host nation (Thailand)
|2||South Korea (KOR)||65||46||53||164|
|6||Chinese Taipei (TPE)||19||17||41||77|
|8||North Korea (PRK)||7||14||12||33|
|Totals (33 nations)||378||380||467||1225|
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