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1978 Asian Games

VIII Asian Games
Host city Bangkok, Thailand
Nations participating 25
Athletes participating 3,842
Events 199 in 19 sports
Opening ceremony December 9
Closing ceremony December 20
Officially opened by King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Main venue Suphachalasai Stadium

The 8th Asian Games were held from December 9, 1978 to December 20, 1978 in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. And then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan was decided to host the 8th Games. But Islamabad also dropped its plan to host the Asian Games due to conflicts with Bangladesh and India.

Thailand offered to help and the Asiad therefore was held in Bangkok. On the political front, Israel was expelled from the Asian Games. A total number of 3,842 athletes, coming from 25 countries, competed in these Asian Games. Debuting sports were archery and bowling.[1]


  • Sports 1
  • Participating nations 2
  • Medal table 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Participating nations

25 out of 32 Olympic Council of Asia members participated in these games. Iran just sent only one official and did not participate in the games due to the political situation in Iran at the time.[2]

Medal table

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 70 59 49 178
2  China (CHN) 51 54 46 151
3  South Korea (KOR) 18 20 31 69
4  North Korea (PRK) 15 13 15 43
5  Thailand (THA) 11 12 19 42
6  India (IND) 11 11 6 28
7  Indonesia (INA) 8 7 18 33
8  Pakistan (PAK) 4 4 9 17
9  Philippines (PHI) 4 4 6 14
10  Iraq (IRQ) 2 4 6 12
Total 201 199 226 626


  1. ^ "8th Asian Games Bangkok 1978".  
  2. ^ "Pomp and Pageantry Fit for a King ...".  

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