2002 Asian Games

The 2002 Asian Games (Korean: 2002년 아시안 게임, translit. 2002-nyeon Asian Geim), also known as the XIV Asiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Busan, South Korea from September 29 to October 14, 2002 with the football event commenced 2 days before the opening ceremony.

Busan is the second city in South Korea, after Seoul in 1986 to host the Games. This was the second time South Korea hosted the event. A total of 419 events in 38 sports were contested by 7,711 athletes from 44 countries.[3][4] The Games were also co-hosted by its four neighbouring cities: Ulsan, Changwon, Masan and Yangsan.[5] It was opened by President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung, at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium.

The final medal tally was led by China, followed by host South Korea and Japan. South Korea set a new record with 95 gold medals. 22 world records and 43 Asian records were broken during the Games.[6][7] In addition, Japanese Swimming Kosuke Kitajima was announced as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Games.

XIV Asian Games
14th asiad
CountrySouth Korea
MottoNew Vision, New Asia[1]
(Korean: 새로운 비전, 새로운 아시아)
(saeloun bijeon, saeloun asia)
Nations participating44
Athletes participating7,711
Events419 in 38 sports[2]
Opening ceremonySeptember 29
Closing ceremonyOctober 14
Officially opened byKim Dae-jung
President of South Korea
Officially closed bySamih Moudallal
Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia
Athlete's OathMoon Dae-sung, Ryu Ji-hye
Torch lighterHa Hyung-joo, Kye Sun-hui
Website2002 Asian Games
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Host city selection

Busan was selected over Kaohsiung at the 14th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) session in Seoul, South Korea on 23 May 1995.[8] After the major upset, Chinese Taipei expressed its' disappointment and staged a protest, claimed that the selection of Busan was due to pressure from China, which the OCA officials denied.[9]

Development and preparation

2002 Asian Games is located in South Korea
Busan
Busan
South Gyeongsang
South Gyeongsang
Ulsan
Ulsan
Host cities of the 2002 Asian Games

Costs

A total of US$2.9 billion was spent for the games.[10]

Torch relay

The relay itself started at 11 a.m on 5 September 2002 when two flames were simultaneously lit at Hallasan in South Korea and Paektu Mountain, the Korean peninsula’s highest mountain, in North Korea. 42 flames in other participating nations were also lit at the same time. The two Korean flames were unified into one at Imjingak Pavilion near the truce village of Panmunjeom on 7 September 2002 and was dubbed the Unification flame. After that, a nationwide torch relay totaled a distance of 4,294 kilometres in 23 days was held. The relay passed through 904 districts in 16 cities within the country. The Unification flame joined with the flames of 42 other participating nations during the opening ceremony on 29 September 2002 and became the Asian Games flame.[11][12]

Venues

42 competition venues were used in the Games with twelve of them are newly built.[13][14]

Busan
Asiad Sports Complex
  • Busan Asiad Stadium - Athletics, Football (Final), Opening and closing ceremonies
  • Sajik Swimming Pool - Aquatics (Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Diving)
  • Sajik Gymnasium - Basketball, Gymnastics
  • Sajik Baseball Stadium - Baseball
Gangseo Sports Park
  • Gangseo Archery Field - Archery
  • Gangseo Gymnasium - Badminton, Fencing
  • Gangseo Hockey Stadium - Hockey
Geumjeong Sports Park
  • Geumjeong Gymnasium - Basketball
  • Geumjeong Velodrome - Cycling (Track)
  • Geumjeong Tennis Stadium - Tennis
Gudeok Sports Complex
  • Gudeok Main Stadium - Football
  • Gudeok Baseball Stadium - Soft tennis
  • Gudeok Gymnasium - Judo, Taekwondo
Others
  • Nakdong River Rowing and Canoeing Courses - Canoeing, Rowing
  • Gijang Gymnasium - Volleyball (Indoor)
  • Haeundae Beach - Volleyball (Beech)
  • Dongju College Gymnasium - Cue sports
  • Gijang Road Cycling Race Course - Cycling (Road)
  • Gijang Mountain Bike Race Stadium - Cycling (Mountain, Down hill)
  • Busan Citizens' Hall - Bodybuilding
  • Homeplus Asiad Bowling Alley - Bowling
  • Busan Equestrian Grounds - Equestrian, Modern pentathlon (Riding)
  • Asiad Country Club - Golf
  • Tongmyong University of Information Technology Stadium - Kabaddi
  • Samnak Riverside Athletic Park - Modern pentathlon (Running)
  • Busan Yachting Center - Sailing
  • Pukyong National University Gymnasium - Weightlifting
  • Dongseo University Minseok Sports Center - Wushu, Sepak takraw
South Gyeongsang
Changwon Sports Park
  • Changwon Swimming Pool - Aquatics (Water polo), Modern pentathlon (Swimming)
  • Changwon Main Stadium - Football
  • Changwon Gymnasium - Handball
Masan Sports Complex
  • Masan Gymnasium - Boxing
  • Masan Sports Complex Main Stadium - Football
Others
  • Yangsan College Gymnasium - Karate, Wrestling, Squash
  • Yangsan Public Stadium - Football
  • Changwon Evergreen hall - Modern pentathlon (Fencing)
  • Changwon International Shooting Range - Shooting, Modern pentathlon (Shooting)
Ulsan
  • Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium - Football
  • Ulsan public stadium - Rugby
  • Ulsan Dongcheon Gymnasium - Table tennis

Additionally, a Games village and a main press centre were built in the host city, Busan.[15][16][17]

Branding and design

14th asian games mascot
Official mascot

The emblem of the Games is a motif of East sea blue waves in the shape of Taegeuk, symbolising Busan and Korea. It expresses the image of development and unity of the Asian people and the two dynamic powers that are closely intertwined. The wave's shape in the emblem indicates the character B, the first character of Busan.[18][19]

The mascot of the 2002 Asian Games is a Sea gull, the city bird of Busan named "Duria", whose name is a combination of the two words 'Durative' and 'Asia', which means "You and Me Together" or Everlasting Asia in the Korean language, which expresses the ideal of the Games: to promote harmony, friendship and prosperity among Asian countries. Its' thick black ink and free line expression, symbolize Korean traditional culture, while its' white colour shade representing the image of a powerful spirit and the great hopes for Asia in the 21st century.[20]

Marketing and promotion

In conjunction with the Games, eight songs were released as the official music for the Games:[21]

  • "The Dream of Asia" – Lee Moon-se
  • "Frontier!-Voices from the East" – Yang Bang-ean & Furee
  • "We are..." – Baby box
  • "Theme from Duria" – Hong Jong-myung, Shin Hyo-bum
  • "The Fanfare" – Busan city Orchestra
  • "Welcome to Busan Korea" – Kim Hyo-soo
  • "Let's Go!!" – Gang Hyun-soo
  • "Love to All of Us" – CAN

The games

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony with the theme “A Beautiful meeting,” was held on 29 September 2002 at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Participating nations marched into the stadium in Korean alphabetical order began with Nepal. North Korea and South Korea jointly entered the stadium under one flag for the first time in Asian Games history and the second time after the 2000 Summer Olympics.[22][23] South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung declared the Games open, Two Korean athletes - Mun Dae-Sung (taekwondo) and Ryu Ji -Hye (table tennis) took the oath on behalf of all the participating athletes while South Korea's retired judoist Ha Hyung-joo and North Korean female judoist Kye Sun-hui lit the games' cauldron. A 40 minute 6 part show about the union between King Kim Suro and Hur Hwangok Busan of Gaya was also presented, featuring soprano Sumi Jo.

Participating nations

All 44 members of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) with 7,711 athletes took part in the Games. East Timor participated for the first time since its independence and Afghanistan returned to the action since Taliban had come to power.[24] Below is a list of all the participating NOCs; the number of competitors per delegation is indicated in brackets.[25]

Sports

A total of 419 events in 38 sports was contested in the Games for 16 days of competition. Football and basketball was kickoff two and one day respectively prior to the opening ceremony.[26] Bodybuilding was the debutant sport in Games.[27]

Calendar

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
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Archery pictogram.svg Archery 1 1 2 4
Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg Artistic swimming 1 1 2
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 5 10 7 9 5 8 1 45
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 1 1 2 3 7
Baseball pictogram.svg Baseball 1 1
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 2 2
Bodybuilding pictogram.svg Bodybuilding 4 4 8
Bowling pictogram.svg Bowling 2 2 2 2 2 10
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 12 12
Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 5 8 13
Cue sports pictogram.svg Cue sports 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 10
Cycling (mountain biking) pictogram.svg Cycling – Mountain bike 2 1 1 4
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg Cycling – Road 2 1 1 4
Cycling (track) pictogram.svg Cycling – Track 2 3 3 4 12
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 2 2 1 1 1 1 8
Equestrian pictogram.svg Equestrian 2 1 1 1 1 6
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 1 1 2
Football pictogram.svg Football 1 1 2
Golf pictogram.svg Golf 4 4
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics – Artistic 1 1 2 5 5 14
Gymnastics (rhythmic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics – Rhythmic 1 1 2
Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 2
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 4 4 4 4 16
Kabaddi pictogram.svg Kabaddi 1 1
Karate pictogram.svg Karate 7 4 11
Modern pentathlon pictogram.svg Modern pentathlon 2 2 1 1 6
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 6 7 13
Rugby union pictogram.svg Rugby union 1 1 2
Sailing pictogram.svg Sailing 15 15
Sepaktakraw pictogram.svg Sepaktakraw 2 2 2 6
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 8 6 6 6 6 6 4 42
Soft tennis pictogram.svg Soft tennis 2 5 7
Softball pictogram.svg Softball 1 1
Squash pictogram.svg Squash 2 2
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 5 5 6 6 5 5 32
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 1 1 1 2 2 7
Taekwondo pictogram.svg Taekwondo 4 4 4 4 16
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 1 1 3 2 7
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Volleyball – Beach 2 2
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball – Indoor 1 1 2
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 1 1
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 1 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 15
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 5 4 5 4 18
Wushu pictogram.svg Wushu 2 9 11
Total gold medals 2 14 19 31 41 35 27 23 32 33 35 27 19 32 42 7 419
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Medal table

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, South Korea, is highlighted.

  *   Host nation (South Korea)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 China (CHN)1508474308
2 South Korea (KOR)*968084260
3 Japan (JPN)447372189
4 Kazakhstan (KAZ)20263076
5 Uzbekistan (UZB)15122451
6 Thailand (THA)14191043
7 India (IND)11121336
8 Chinese Taipei (TPE)10172552
9 North Korea (PRK)9111333
10 Iran (IRI)8141436
11–39Remaining5073143266
Totals (39 nations)4274215021350

Closing ceremony

The closing ceremony with the theme “Returning Home.” was held on 14 October 2002 at the Busan Asiad Main Stadium. Samih Moudallal, vice president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), on behalf of OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al Sabah declared the games’ closing. The Asian Games hosting right was handed over to Qatar, host of the next edition.[28][29][30]

See also

References

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Preceded by
Bangkok
Asian Games
Busan

XIV Asian Games (2002)
Succeeded by
Doha
Athletics at the 2002 Asian Games

Athletics was contested from October 7 to October 14 at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan Asiad Main Stadium, Busan, South Korea. A total of 459 athletes from 39 nations took part in the competition. Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, Laos and Maldives were the only nations without a representative in the events.

Badminton at the 2002 Asian Games

Badminton was contested at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. Singles, doubles, and team events were contested for both men and women. Mixed Doubles were also contested. All events were held at Gangseo Gymnasium.

Bahrain at the 2002 Asian Games

Athletes from Bahrain participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 to October 14, 2002. They won seven medals (including three golds), and clinched 19th spot in the medal table.

China at the 2002 Asian Games

China competed in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea from September 29, 2002 to October 14, 2002.

Chinese Taipei at the 2002 Asian Games

Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Athletes from Taiwan won overall 52 medals (including 10 golds), and clinched eighth spot in the medal table.

Football at the 2002 Asian Games

Football at the 2002 Asian Games was held in Busan, South Korea from 27 September to 13 October 2002.

Age limit for the men teams is under-23, same as the age limit in football competitions in Olympic Games, while three overage players are allowed among each squad.

Geet Sethi

Geet Siriram Sethi (born 17 April 1961) of India is a professional player of English billiards who dominated the sport throughout much of the 1990s, and a notable amateur (ex-pro) snooker player. He is a six-time winner of the professional-level and a three-time winner of the amateur World Championships, and holder of two world records, in English billiards. He, along with Prakash Padukone, has co-founded Olympic Gold Quest, a Foundation for the Promotion of Sports in India.

Hong Kong at the 2002 Asian Games

Hong Kong participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Athletes from Hong Kong won overall 21 medals (including four golds), and clinched 16th spot in the medal table.

India at the 2002 Asian Games

India competed at the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea. India was ranked 8th with 10 gold medals. Sunita Rani's gold and bronze medals, which she won in the women's 1,500 m and 5,000 m was reinstated after she appealed in the dope scam. India moved up to the seventh spot from the previous eighth spot in the medals table.

Japan at the 2002 Asian Games

Japan participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea from September 29, 2002 to October 14, 2002.

This country was ranked 3rd with 44 gold medals, 74 silver medals and 72 bronze medals with a total of 190 medals

to secure its third spot in the medal tally.

Kazakhstan at the 2002 Asian Games

Kazakhstan participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Athletes from Kazakhstan won overall 76 medals (including 20 golds), and clinched fourth spot in the medal table.

North Korea at the 2002 Asian Games

North Korea (officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Their participation marked their sixth Asian Games appearance. The North Korean delegation consisted of 318 people (184 competitors and 134 officials). North Korean athletes won total nine gold, eleven silver, and thirteen bronze medals. North Korea finished ninth in the final medal table standings.

Pakistan at the 2002 Asian Games

Pakistan participated in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea held from September 29 to October 14, 2002.

Philippines at the 2002 Asian Games

The Philippines participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Ranked 18th with 3 gold medals, 7 silver medals and 16 bronze medals with a total of 26 over-all medals.Equestrian star Mikaela Cojuangco Jaworski won an individual gold medal. Bowling stars Paeng Nepomuceno and RJ Bautista won the gold in Doubles and Billiards Francisco Bustamante and Antonio Lining won the 9-Pool Doubles.

Qatar at the 2002 Asian Games

Qatar participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea, from September 29 to October 14, 2002. Athletes from Qatar won overall 17 medals (including four golds), and clinched 17th spot in the medal table.

South Korea at the 2002 Asian Games

South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) was the host nation of the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan from September 29 to October 14, 2002. South Korea was represented by the Korean Olympic Committee, and the South Korean delegation was the largest in this edition of the Asian Games. The delegation of 1,008 people included 770 competitors – 460 men, 310 women – and 238 officials (217 men and 21 women). North Korea competed for the first time in an international sporting event hosted by South Korea. Both nations marched together at the opening ceremony with a Korean Unification Flag depicting the Korean Peninsula as United Korea.

Competitors from the South Korea led the bronze medal count with 84 in the general medal table. South Korea also won 96 gold medals, 80 silver medals and a total of 260 medals, finishing second on the medal table.

Tennis at the 2002 Asian Games

Tennis were contested at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea from October 2 to October 12, 2002. Tennis had team, doubles, and singles events for men and women, as well as a mixed doubles competition. The tennis competition was held at the Geumjeong Tennis Stadium.

The host nation South Korea finished first in the medal table with seven medals.

Thailand at the 2002 Asian Games

Thailand participated in the 2002 Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea from 29 September to 14 October 2002. Thailand ended the games at 43 overall medals including 14 gold medals.

Yuka Yoshida

Yuka Yoshida (Japanese: 吉田友佳, born 1 April 1976) is a former professional tennis player from Japan who has one doubles win in Memphis, Tennessee. Her best grand slam result came in 1998 when she reached the Quarterfinals of the doubles at the US Open.

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Nations at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea
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