South Asian Games 2019: India finishes with highest-ever medal tally of 312 medals

South Asian Games 2019: India concluded its campaign at the 13th edition of South Asian Games (SAG) with the highest-ever medal tally comprising 312 medals including 174 gold, 93 silver and 45 bronze medals. The host nation Nepal stands second with 206 medals and Sri Lanka at third position with 251 medals.

Indian wrestlers were indomitable throughout the games, winning 15 gold medals. Indian swimmers also put up a great performance by winning the highest number of medals. The Indian swimming contingent won 52 medals overall, including 27 gold, 19 silver and 6 bronze medals. 

Indian shuttlers also displayed a terrific performance at the games by bagging 8 medals in individual events including four gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals. India won gold in men’s and women’s singles badminton event and in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles event. India also won two gold medals in the men’s and women’s team events to finish at the top in the badminton medal standings.

In Table Tennis, India made a clean sweep with seven gold and five silver medals, winning the maximum medals on offer in the game. India claimed gold in both men’s and women’s singles event.  The Indian men's and women's Basketball team also won gold in their respective events.

Indian athletes also performed exceptionally well by claiming 48 medals overall, including 12 gold, 21 silver and 15 bronze medals. India's weightlifting contingent bagged 10 medals including 9 gold and one silver. Indian shooters also won 18 gold medals, while the fencers won 11 gold medals. 

Medal Tally

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

India

174

93

45

312

Nepal

51

60

95

206

Sri Lanka

40

83

128

251

Pakistan

31

41

59

131

Bangladesh

19

32

87

138

Maldives

1

-

4

5

Bhutan

-

7

13

20

 

India’s sports-wise medal tally

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Athletics

12

21

15

48

Badminton

6

2

2

10

Basketball

2

-

-

2

Basketball (3*3)

2

-

-

2

Boxing

12

3

1

16

Cycling

4

2

2

8

Fencing

11

5

1

17

Football

1

-

-

1

Handball

1

1

-

2

Judo

10

4

1

15

Kabaddi

2

-

-

2

Kho-Kho

2

-

-

2

Shooting

18

7

4

29

Squash

2

3

1

6

Swimming

27

19

6

52

Table Tennis

7

5

-

12

Taekwondo

9

10

8

27

Tennis

7

5

-

12

Triathlon

2

2

1

5

Volleyball

2

-

-

2

Weightlifting

9

1

-

10

Wrestling

15

-

-

15

Wushu

11

3

3

17

South Asian Games 2019

The 13th edition of the South Asian Games 2019, held from December 1-10, 2019, was hosted by three different cities of Nepal- Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur.

The South Asian Games 2019 official mascot was a pair of blackbucks. Blackbucks are an endangered species, found mostly in the southern region of Nepal.

The 13th South Asian Games witnessed participation from seven South Asians including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldives. Overall, a total of 2,715 athletes competed in the event, which includes a total of 27 sports. Cricket returned to the games after a gap of eight years. 

About South Asian Games 

The South Asian Games is a biennial multi-sporting event of South Asia. It is governed by the South Asia Olympic Council (SAOC), which was formed in 1983.

The first-ever South Asian Games was hosted by Nepal in 1984. The games were held annually between 1984 and 1987 except in 1986 when the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games were held. Since 1987, the Games have been held once in every two years except for some cases. 

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