Tuesday, August 11, 2009

68 competitors from 9 martial arts - 1st asian martial art games

No.of Events 112 Male 37 Female 31 Total 68

The first Asian Martial Arts Games were hailed as a success with 40 countries participating and a combined total of 1,500 athletes and officials in attendence. The First Asian Martial Arts Games started on Aug. 1 in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.
H.R.H. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn declared the first Asian Martial Arts Games open during a sparkling ceremony at the Indoor Stadium, Hua Mark, Sports Authority of Thailand, on Saturday night. Amidst an opening ceremony that highlighted the rich history and cultural heritage of the Kingdom, the Crown Prince graced the occasion with his presence and read a short address in Thai to provide the royal seal of approval on the Games. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva provided details of the event before introducing Olympic Council of Asia Vice President Timothy Fok. Action hero, Tony Ja lit the Olympic flame -- but only after a theatrical battle against a challenger waiting by the cauldron high in the arena.
The 7th of August 2009 proved to be the ultimate day of the Muaythai competition in the inaugural Martial Arts Games as Thailand fighters pulled off nine gold medals to elevate the hosts to a huge point advantage at the top of the medal standing. The Thai boxers, who had marched into the final in nine classes, underlined their supremacy in the sport by sweeping nine gold medals out of fifteen up for grabs. Of the nine gold medals the Thai team won, two came from female fighters

Gold medals were also awarded to:
Lebanon (Women's Light weight 57 - 60)
Lao (Women's Pin weight 42-45 Kg)
Iraq (Men's Light weight 75-81 Kg)
Kazakhstan (Men's Middle weight 71-75 Kg)

Thailand ranked first in the Games with 21 gold medals, 17 silver medals and 16 bronze medals (54 medals overall). The 21 gold medals came from the muay Thai, jujitsu, kickboxing, pencak silat, kurush, and taekwondo games.
Kazakhstan ranked second as the country had 15 gold, seven silver and 12 bronze medals from judo, kickboxing, kurash, taekwondo, karate-do, and muaythai contests. The third place went to South Korea, with 10 gold, six silver and three bronze medals from the taekwondo, judo, karate-do, and wushu and kungfu competition.
The closing ceremony of the First Asian Martial Arts Games kicked off at 18:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Indoor Stadium Sports Complex, Bangkok's Hua Mark. The 1st Asian Martial Arts Games was another fabulous opportunity to bring the spotlight to the sport of Muaythai while providing athletes the chance to further improve skills by gaining experience in a multi-sport competition.

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