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5th Asian Beach Games – An Overview

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                     Vietnam has taken the top spot at the fifth Asian Beach Games that concluded in Da Nang, however local experts are more concerned than thrilled as it gave little indication about the development of the country’s high performance sports stars.

  • Top 3 : Vietnam , Thailand and China
  • India at the 16th place with 24 medals(2 Gold, 4 Silver , 18 Bronze)

About Asian Beach Games :

The Fifth Asian Beach Games was held in Danang, Vietnam. It was the second time for Vietnam to host an Asia level multi-sports event, after Hanoi held Asian Indoor Games (2009) and Southeast Asian Games (2003). However, this was the first time that an event not be held in Hanoi.

  • 5th Asian Beach Games Activity icon is designed to simulate the waves and sand in the shape of the young athletes, healthy and active, athletic performances (volleyball , handball) with the symbol of the Union Olympic Council of Asia
  • With the power of sports, all part of the logo rise up to form a large V shape (which means “Vietnam”, “Victory”, “V” – the fifth in icon Greece) which confirms the role of the host countries, highlighting the spirit of competition as well as the aspirations of the athletes win.Asain Beach Games
  • The combination of sea and sand waved together reflects the strength and strong wills of Vietnam as well as carrying sporting friendly message and welcome to all athletes; represents the solidarity and friendship of the Asian family with the expectation of a successful 5th Asian Beach Games.
  • The mascot of the games is as wiftlet named Chim Yen. Special characteristic of the southern central coastal region of Vietnam is famous for bird nest – a product of high economic value in general and a specialty of Da Nang in particular.
  • The mascot is a stylized little boy with funny hair on the head, a small V-shaped tail (a characteristic of oats), holding a lit torch represents the spirit of unity, peace and health of human life. The sun of the Olympic Council of Asia and on the traditional wave of mascot costumes symbolizing the Asian Beach Games. The colors used for the mascot is blue, red, black and gold representing the blue sea water, golden sand and feathers of birds.

Pinky Balhara Earns Bronze Medal in 5th Asian Beach Games

In 5th Asian Beach Games, Pinky Balhara of India has won bronze medal in women’s 52kg Kurash category. The games were held at Da Nang, Vietnam.

  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam won the gold medal in same category. Top three Medalists in Women’s 52kg Kurash Category
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy of Vietnam won the gold medal
  • Vietnamese Nguyen Thi Quynh silver medal
  • Pinky Balhara bronze medal
  • Total 208 Indian members participated in the 5th Asian Beach Games in 13 different sports including Kabaddi, Swimming, Handball, Pencak Silat, Kurash, Woodball, Sambo, Ju-Jitsu, Pentaque, Sepaktakraw, Shuttlecock, Voninam and Muay Thai.

Harish Banghel won a silver in the men’s middleweight Muay Thai event.

India added another medal in the 5th Asian Beach Games with Harish Banghel winning a silver in the men’s middleweight Muay.

  • Thai event on the second day of competition.
  • Banghel lost to Zhang Yongkang ofChina in the final of 71-75kg category to settle for a silver.
  • Muay Thai is a combination of boxing and martial arts originated in Thailand.

Indian women’s kabaddi team defeat Thailand to clinch gold medal at Asian Beach Games

India bagged their first gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games with the women’s beach kabaddi team winning the title for the record fifth time in succession in Danang, Vietnam.Kabbadi team - Asian games

  • India beat Thailand 41-31 in a hard-fought summit clash at Bien Dong Park. The Indian women’s kabaddi team had been winning the gold since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.
  • Silver medallists in the event at each of the previous four Asian Beach Games, Pakistan finally made it to the top of the podium.

India Wins Silver In Vovinam At Asian Beach Games

India’s Deepa Gawale won a silver medal in the women’s single, Long Ho Quyen, Vovinam event in the fifth Asian Beach Games.

  • Deepa lost to Manik Trisna of Indonesia by scoreline of 267-275 to settle for silver.
  • Host Vietnam and Japan secured the third place with 261 points.

Vietnam :

  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Currency: Vietnamese dong
  • President: Trần Đại Quang