Asian Beach Games

The Asian Beach Games, also known as ABG, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games have been organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The Games are described as the second largest Asian multi-sport event, after the Asian Games. Its popularity is increasing due to the low cost of temporary venues, with beaches and oceans already available , while spectators and tourists are also already available in sand and sea tourist areas.[1]

Asian Beach Games
First event2008 Asian Beach Games in Bali, Indonesia
Occur everyfour years
Last event2016 Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam
PurposeBeach sports event for nations on the Asian continent

In its history, six countries have hosted the Asian Beach Games. Forty-five nations have participated in the Games.

The most recent Games were held in Danang, Vietnam from 24 September to 3 October 2016, while the next games will be held in 2020 in Sanya, China; the 2020 Games will be the first to break away from the 2-year cycle.[2]

Participating nations

All 45 countries whose National Olympic Committee is recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia

List of Asian Beach Games

Host cities of the Asian Beach Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
I 2008 Bali  Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono 18 October 26 October 41 1,665 17 59  Indonesia (INA) [3]
II 2010 Muscat  Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said 8 December 16 December 43 1,131 14 52  Thailand (THA) [4]
III 2012 Haiyang  China State councillor Ma Kai 16 June 22 June 43 1,336 13 49  China (CHN) [5]
IV 2014 Phuket  Thailand Privy Councilor Surayud Chulanont 14 November 23 November 42 2,335 26 168  Thailand (THA) [6]
V 2016 Da Nang  Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc 24 September 3 October 41 2,197 14 172  Vietnam (VIE) [7]
VI 2020 Sanya  China 26 November 5 December [8]


3-on-3 basketball2008, since 2012
Air sports2008, 2012–2014
Beach athleticsSince 2014
Beach flag football2014 only
Beach handballAll
Beach kabaddiAll
Beach kurashSince 2014
Beach samboSince 2014
Beach sepak takrawAll
Beach soccerAll
Beach volleyballAll
Beach water polo2008–2010, since 2014
Beach woodballAll
Beach wrestling2008, since 2014
Bodybuilding2008–2010, 2014–2016
Coastal rowing2016 only
Dragon boat2008, 2010
Duathlon2014 only
Extreme sports2014 only
Footvolley2014 only
Jet ski2008–2010, 2014
Ju-jitsuSince 2014
Marathon swimming2008–2010, since 2014
Modern triathle2014 only
MuaythaiSince 2014
Paragliding Accuracy2008, 2014
Paragliding Cross Country2008
Paramotoring2012, 2014
Pencak silat2008, 2016
PétanqueSince 2014
Roller speed skating2012 only
Shuttlecock2016 only
Sport climbing2012–2014
Squash2014 only
Surfing2008 only
Tent pegging2010 only
Triathlon2008–2010, 2014
Vocotruyen2016 only
Vovinam2016 only

Medal count

1 Thailand (THA)1309791318
2 Vietnam (VIE)626870200
3 China (CHN)605564179
4 Indonesia (INA)422853123
5 South Korea (KOR)223545102
6 Iran (IRI)20211556
7 Japan (JPN)14142250
8 Mongolia (MGL)1441331
9 Kazakhstan (KAZ)13181748
10 India (IND)1252946
11 United Arab Emirates (UAE)119929
12 Chinese Taipei (TPE)10212960
13 Qatar (QAT)83920
14 Oman (OMA)75618
15 Bahrain (BRN)73111
16 Malaysia (MAS)6171942
17 Pakistan (PAK)6141636
18 Hong Kong (HKG)6101632
19 Cambodia (CAM)661022
20 Uzbekistan (UZB)61916
21 Myanmar (MYA)511521
22 Philippines (PHI)5103247
23 Laos (LAO)553343
24 Singapore (SGP)531220
25 Kuwait (KUW)49821
26 Jordan (JOR)47718
27 Iraq (IRQ)461222
28 Syria (SYR)43815
29 Turkmenistan (TKM)381627
30 Lebanon (LBN)241117
31 Afghanistan (AFG)22610
32 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)13711
33 Brunei (BRU)1269
34 Yemen (YEM)1124
35 Tajikistan (TJK)1045
36 Macau (MAC)0167
37 Sri Lanka (SRI)0066
38 Bangladesh (BAN)0033
39 Maldives (MDV)0011
 Nepal (NEP)0011
 Palestine (PLE)0011
 Saudi Arabia (KSA)0011
Totals (42 nations)5095097311749

See also


  1. "ASIAN BEACH GAMES". Archived from the original on 2017-05-13. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  2. Butler, Nick. "Exclusive: Two landlocked countries among those in contention for next Asian Beach Games". Inside the Games. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  3. "1st ABG Bali 2008". OCA. Retrieved 18 October 2008.
  4. "2nd ABG Muscat 2010". OCA. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  5. "3rd ABG Haiyang 2012". OCA. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  6. "4th ABG Phuket 2014". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  7. "5th ABG Danang 2016". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  8. "Sanya City in China awarded 2020 Asian Beach Games". Inside The Games. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
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