- 2002 Asian Games
Name = XIV Asian Games
Size = 140
Optional caption = Slogan: "Asia is One"
Host city =
Busan, South Korea
Nations participating = 44
Athletes participating = 7,556
Events = 38
Opening ceremony =
September 29, 2002
Closing ceremony =
October 14, 2002
Officially opened by = President Kim Dae-jung
Athlete's Oath =
Judge's Oath = -
Torch Lighter =
Ha Hyoung-Zoo, Kye Sun Hui
Busan Asiad Stadium
Asian Gameswere held in Busan, South Koreafrom September 29to October 14, 2002. A total number of 7,556 athletes competed, coming from 44 countries. There were 38 sporting events and 18,000 journalists, officials and athletes.
It was the first time in the history of the Asian Games that all 44 member nations of the
Olympic Council of Asiaparticipated. That included North Korea, which sent an unprecedented delegation to South Korea, and Afghanistan, which returned to the Asian Games for the first time since the Talibanhad come to power. Body buildingmade its debut as an event.
The Great Absolute symbolizes Korea while the blue sea stands for Busan. The emblem expresses the image of development and unity of the Asian people; two dynamic power are closely intertwined, while the wave's shape indicates the character B, the first character of Busan.
Mascotof the 14th Asian Games is a sea gull, the city bird of Busan. The mascot's name is "Duria", which means "you and me together" in the Korean language, and expresses the ideal of the Games: To promote unity and partnership among Asian countries.
National Olympic Committees are named according to their official IOC designations and arranged according to their official IOC country codes in 2002.
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