2002 Asian Games

2002 Asian Games

Asiad infobox
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 sports
Opening ceremony = September 29, 2002
Closing ceremony = October 14, 2002
Officially opened by = President Kim Dae-jung
Athlete's Oath = Moon Dae-Sung
Judge's Oath = -
Torch Lighter = Ha Hyoung-Zoo, Kye Sun Hui
Stadium = Busan Asiad Stadium

The 14th Asian Games were held in Busan, South Korea from September 29 to 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 Asia participated. 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 Taliban had come to power. Body building made 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.


The official Mascot of 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.

Participating NOCs

National Olympic Committees are named according to their official IOC designations and arranged according to their official IOC country codes in 2002.


*Billiard & Snooker
*Football (soccer)
*Modern Pentathlon
*Soft Tennis
*Table Tennis

Medals tally

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