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VP closes Asian Beach Games in Bali
October 27th, 2008

Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA News)- Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla officially closed the first Asian Beach Games (ABG) 2008 on Sunday (Oct 26) night in Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Nusa Dua, Bali.

Jusuf Kalla on the occasion expressed his feeling of proud of the struggle showed by athletes from 45 Asian countries. The ABG was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on October 18.

The Asian Beach Games was participated in by around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries including China, Japan, Afghanistan, Laos and Macau.

“I am grateful to all athletes of the 45 countries who have strived for your all countries,” Kalla said.

The vice president also expressed his appreciation to Bali provincial administration and its people, who had fully supported the first ABG event.

“I also expressed my high appreciation to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which has entrusted Indonesia to organize the ABG. We hope the second ABG tournament which will be held in Oman in 2010 can run well,” said Kalla, who was among ohter things accompanied by the ABG steering committee chairman, Adhyaksa Dault, OCA vice president Timothy Fox and organizing committee chairwoman Rita Subowo.

Jusuf Kalla was also proud of what has been achieved by Indonesian contingent with their success as an overall champion, which grabbed 23 gold medals, eight silver and 20 bronze medals.

Thailand appeared as runner-up with ten gold medals, 17 silvers and ten bronze medals.

Earlier, OCA vice president Timothy Fox, who represented OCA president Sheikh Ahmad A Fahad Al Sabah in his closing remarks also highly appreciated on what Indonesia had conducted as host of the international sports event.

The ABG closing ceremony was also highlighted by several attractions like dancing performaces.

Prior to the arrival of the vice president, Saharadja band from contemporary music from Bali showed musical entertainment at Lotus Pond stage.

The event also featuring several Indonesian artists including senior female artist Titiek Puspa. Oman will be the 2nd host the ABG in 2010.

There were 17 beach sport branches in the sport event such as beach volleyball, dragon boat racing, body building, beach soccer, beach handball, beach pencaksilat (traditional martial art), beach wrestling, jet-skiing, marathon swimming, para-gliding, sailing, triathlon, windsurfing, woodball and sepaktakraw.(*)

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