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SAG concludes

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
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The 11th South Asian Games concluded on Tuesday with a colourful ceremony at Banga Bandu National Stadium in Dhaka.

Bangladesh President Mohammad Zillur Rahaman officially announced the completion of the multi-sport event that lasted 11 days.

Taking part in all 23 disciplines, Nepal secured fifth place in the 11th SAG securing eight gold, nine silver and 20 bronze medals. Regional sporting superpower India took the top spot in the medal table with 173 medals (90 gold, 55 silver and 29 bronze medals) followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Nepal won all its gold medals in martial arts and marathon category in the last three days of the event.

All eight countries that participated in the SAG won medals. Maldives was at the bottom of the table with two bronze.

The host nation ended the Games with a ceremony that last four hours. During the ceremony, the flag of SAG was handed to the president of the India Olympic Council, Suresh Kalmadi.

Veteran Nepali taekwondo player Deepak Bista set a new in Dhaka SAG by winning gold medals in four consecutive SAG. Wushu player Binita Maharjan was the first athelete to win a gold for Nepal.

However, there were some unsavory moments for Nepali players in Dhaka. The elevator accident involving Nepali judo players, quarrel among kabbadi officials, bungling of the Nepali national anthem and the hoisting of Nepali flag upside will probably be remembered long after Dhaka SAG.

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