3rd West Asian Games Doha 2005
 

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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 (125 participants).

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.

Rank NOC Total
1 QAT 28 19 20 67
2 KUW 25 15 16 56
3 SYR 21 14 16 51
4 IRI 19 26 18 63
5 UAE 7 9 6 22
6 KSA 4 9 12 25
7 LIB 4 4 3 11
8 JOR 3 11 11 25
9 BRN 3 2 2 7
10 IRQ 2 1 7 10
11 YEM 2 1 0 3
12 OMA 0 4 6 10
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