The West Asian Games were first organised in Tehran – Iran in 1997 and the second
edition was organised in Kuwait in 2002. The 3rd West Asian Games, organised in
Doha from 1 to 10 December 2005 formed a turning point in the history of these Games.
The 3rd West Asian Games were considered by the participants as well as by the media
as the most successful Games; both technically and administratively. The organisation
of the Games is indeed a step forward in the ability of Qatar to organise memorable
multi-sports Games in the future.
Qatar achieved the first place in the medal tally with 67 medals including: 28 gold,
19 silver, and 20 bronze. But this does not imply that these Games were the best
for this reason only. It is indeed true that the technical performance as well as
the competitive atmosphere dominated this high level event. The minimal difference
between the first four ranked countries, as far as medals are concerned, proves
that the competitions were at top level.
In total 1,011 competitors took part in the 3rd West Asian Games. All 13 countries
and regions of West Asia took part in the Games and Qatar saw the highest number
of participants (287), followed by Kuwait (236) and IR Iran (190). Of the participants,
919 were men and 92 women. It was indeed the first time that the Games were organised
for women as well. Women competed in four sports: athletics, swimming, bowling and
shooting. The overall participation is 48 % higher than the last Games. In total
683 team officials participated (650 men and 33 women). The total number of athletes
and team officials reached 1,694 persons (1,569 men and 125 women).
The Games covered 117 medal events in 11 sports. The sport with the highest participation
was football (180 competitors), followed by athletics (164 competitors) and handball
The press and media coverage, also, achieved record numbers with 1,092 press and
media representatives covering the Games. Furthermore, 3,800 volunteers offered
services in various fields to the participants. Finally, 16,925 accreditations were
issued by the organising committee to access the sports facilities. These accreditations
covered the staff, the press and media representatives including photographers and
broadcasters, the sponsoring companies, the guests, the participating delegates
and the security personnel.