ANOC home. They are now due to take place between December 1 and 10, it was announced following discussions between the eight members of the South Asian Olympic Council. The event had originally been scheduled to take place between March 9 and 18, but was then pushed back to September due to delays in getting the facilities ready. Currently eight countries are eligible to take part in the event first held at Kathmandu in
South Korea did not participate, however, due to the Korean War, which had started the previous year and would last until Politics were playing a big part behind the scenes as, succumbing to pressure from Arab countries and China, the Indonesian Government refused to issue visas to the delegations from Israel and Taiwan. Taiwan and Israel returned to the Games and a total number of 1, athletes from 16 countries were involved in the event. Women's volleyball made its debut as one of 14 sports on the programme. The Games were given royal approval as they were officially opened by the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej at the National Stadium. The Asian Games returned to Bangkok in after original hosts Seoul dropped their bid in the wake of receiving security threats from North Korea. A total of 2, athletes from 16 countries competed with sailing making its debut as one of 13 sports on the programme.
Pora-Pol an ancient sport of coconut fighting and Wali kukula a jungle fowl were chosen as the official logo and mascot for the SAF Games, respectively. However they drew some criticism for the lack of creativity particularly in the case of mascot. The South Asian Games encompassed a record 20 disciplines with hockey being reintroduced after several years.
Roughly athletes from eight countries competed at the games in 23 different sports. Bangladesh, however, earned second spot in total medal count beating out Pakistan. Sri Lanka's Shehan Abeypitiya becomes the fastest man while Pakistan's Naseem Hamid was crowned the fastest woman of the region winning meter sprint.