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UPDATED: 08:16, October 27, 2005
East Asian Games in retrospect
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To create more opportunities for greater sports and cultural exchanges among the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the East Asian region, the idea of the East Asian Games was officially proposed at the First Assembly of the East Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on September 15, 1991.

In November the same year, at the Second Co-ordination Meeting of the East Asian NOCs, the quadrennial East Asian Games were formally approved and the inauguration edition scheduled to be held in China in 1993.

At the Third Co-ordination Meeting of the East Asian NOCs held in Beijing on January 27, 1992, the Co-ordination Committee of the East Asian National Olympic Committees (EANOC) was officially established and its charter passed.

It was determined at this meeting that the First East Asian Games would be held in Shanghai, China, from May 9 to 18, 1993.

Later at the 6th EANOC Meeting held in Shanghai on May 17, 1993, EANOC was renamed to its present title, the East Asian Games Association (EAGA).

The National Olympic Committees (NOC) are the members of EAGA in the East Asian Zone as defined by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

These include the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Macao, Mongolia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Chinese Taipei.

Associate member of EAGA is the NOC adjacent to East Asia that has been admitted following prior approval by the Council of EAGA. Guam is at present the only associate member.

The First East Asian Games were held in Shanghai, China from May 9 to 18, 1993. They include 12 sports: athletics, aquatics, football, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, weightlifting, judo, rowing, boxing, bowling and wushu, as well as one demonstration sport - soft tennis.

Delegations from the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Macao participated in the games.

The Chinese team ranked first by winning 213 medals, including 105 gold, 74 silver and 34 bronze medals, followed by Japan (117 medals) and the Republic of Korea (91 medals). Macao won a bronze medal at the games.

The Second East Asian Games were held in Busan, the Republic of Korea from May 10 to 19, 1997.

They included 13 sports: athletics, aquatics, badminton, basketball, boxing, football, gymnastics, judo, soft tennis, taekwondo, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu, as well as one demonstration sport - rowing and one exhibition sport - bowling.

Delegations from the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei, Mongolia, Hong Kong, Guam and Macao took part in the games.

The Chinese team ranked first by winning 185 medals, including 62 gold, 59 silver and 64 bronze medals, followed by Japan (153 medals) and the Republic of Korea (134 medals). Macao won a bronze medal.

The Third East Asian Games were held in Osaka, Japan from May 19-27, 2001.

They included 15 sports: athletics, aquatics, basketball, bowling, boxing, football, gymnastics, handball, judo, soft tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu, as well as two demonstration sports - hockey and rowing.

Delegations from the People's Republic of China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Chinese Taipei, China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mongolia, China's Macao Special Administrative Region, Guam and Australia (open participation) took part in the games.

The Chinese delegation ranked first by winning 191 medals, including 85 gold, 48 silver and 58 bronze medals. Also obtaining 191 medals, the Japanese team ranked second because their number of gold medals was 61.

Macao won a gold medal for the first time and it also obtained another three bronze medals.

Source: China Daily


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