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2006 South Asian Games

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Host city
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Athletes participating

Opening ceremony
2006 August 18

Nations participating

197 in 20 Sports

Closing ceremony
2006 August 28

The 2006 South Asian Games (also known as 2006 SAF Games or 10th SAF Games) were held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from August 18 to August 28, 2006 in the Sugathadasa Stadium with more than 2000 sportspersons competing in the record 20 disciplines of Sports.


The 10th edition of SAF Games also marked the debut for Afghanistan. Another highlight of 2006 SAF Games was unprecedented high levels of security for officials & players amid violent clashes between the Sri Lankan Government’s troops and LTTE. Earlier in 2005, the Games, originally scheduled to be held in 2005, had been postponed after a tsunami wave devastated the region.


Pora-Pol (an ancient sport of coconut fighting) and Wali kukula (a jungle fowl) were chosen as the official logo and mascot for the 2006 SAF Games, respectively. However they drew some criticism for the lack of creativity particularly in the case of mascot.


The 2006 South Asian Games encompassed a record 20 disciplines with hockey being reintroduced after several years.

Participating nations

athletes from eight countries competed at 2006 South Asian Games.

  •  Afghanistan (86)
  •  Bangladesh (192)
  •  Bhutan (54)
  •  India (293)
  •  Maldives (59)
  •    Nepal (216)
  •  Pakistan (288)
  •  Sri Lanka (366)
  • Highlights

  • Nagalingm Edirith Weeresinghe and Sriyani Kulawansa (both former Sri Lankan athletes) lit the Games torch at the opening ceremony.
  • India made a clean sweep at Archery, Badminton, Rowing, Wushu.
  • The women’s Kabaddi event was introduced.
  • Maldives failed to claim any medal for the second consecutive time.
  • Sri Lanka Swimmer Mayumi Raheem wins 10 medals (3 Gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze) a record for any athlete at a single games
  • Doping

    The 10th SAF games couldn’t be freed from infamous trend of steroid-using by athletes to boost their performance, as a group of athletes were reportedly tested positive for the use of banned performance-enhancing substance. Prominent athletes alleged to test positive included Nepal’s double gold-medalist Rajendra Bhandari, Pakistani boxers Nauman Karim & Mohammed Lassi and Sri Lanka’s Jani Chathurangani Silva. An Indian athlete was also said to have failed a dope test.


    2006 South Asian Games Wikipedia