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Asian Games named ‘Sports Event of the Year’ in Philippines

Date : 10 Jan 2019

Manila, Philippines, January 10, 2019: The 18th Asian Games has been named “Multi-Sport Event of the Year” by a sports media group in the Philippines.

In their second annual awards, Philippine Athletes at Multi-Sport Event (PAMSE) chose the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, as the most anticipated event for PAMSE’s 8,000 Facebook followers.

The 18th Asian Games took place from August 18 to September 2, 2018, with a record 11,720 athletes from 45 National Olympic Committees competing in 465 events of 40 sports.

With a motto of “Energy of Asia”, the 18th edition of the Olympic Council of Asia’s showpiece event was the first to be co-hosted by two cities and the first to feature a unified Korea team in three sports – women’s basketball, rowing and the dragon boat discipline of canoeing.

“The Asian Games is organised every four years by the Olympic Council of Asia and is considered to be the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics,” said PAMSE in the announcement of the award.

“For the first time, the Asian Games were co-hosted in two cities - the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, which was hosting the Games for the first time since 1962, and Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra province.

“The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta.”

PAMSE reported that the Philippines sent 272 athletes to compete in 31 sports in the 16-day Asian Games and won four gold medals, two silver and 15 bronze medals for a total of 21 medals and boosting the country’s ranking from 22nd place in 2014 to 19th. The four gold medals came in weightlifting, skateboarding and golf (2) and were all won by female athletes.

According to the government’s Philippine Sports Commission, this was the country’s best performance in 12 years, the last being the 2006 Doha Asian Games when Filipino athletes brought home a 4-6-9 medal tally.

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