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A Qatar football supporter with national flag and Orry toy © Getty ImagesHe was there: a Qatari fan during the gold medal football win over Iraq shows his allegiance to his country and the Games
Worth the wait »

Qatar did it. They put on the best Asian Games ever, the biggest Asian Games ever, the most widely reported Asian Games ever, the highest standard of Asian Games in terms of both sporting achievement and planning ever – and they even won some medals too. Qatar’s success on the field amazed everyone and leaves a legacy for the whole country and the wider Middle East. The 15th Asian Games was not just about putting Doha on the map in a sporting sense, but Qatar acted as flag bearer for the whole of the region. Never before had a Middle Eastern country and region staged anything on this scale. Now Qatar has done it, others will follow
Park Tae Hwan celebrates another win with arms aloft in pool © Getty Images
Tickets for the six-day swimming programme at the 15th Asian Games were some of the hardest to get your hands ....
Akihito Yamada touches down in corner under challenge from a Korean player © Getty Images
Who else could be deemed the star player of an often one-sided rugby sevens competition at the 15th Asian ....
Liu Xiang signals he is number one © Getty Images
He came, he saw, he conquered. Liu Xiang arrived at Doha 2006 as one of the greatest athletes in the world and ....
Bilal Mohammed Rajab is thrown in the air by his Qatar teammates © Getty Images
Qatar’s goalscoring hero Bilal Mohammed Rajab dedicated the football team’s gold medal to the fans. The hosts ....
Bilal Mohammed Rajab and Muhamad Ali battle for the ball © Getty Images
In a fitting finale to the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006, the 428th and last gold medal was presented to host ....
With 316 medals – 165 of them gold – China leave Doha 2006 in fine health. Their 15th Asian Games gold medal ....
Tasked with the challenge of following the incredible success of Doha 2006 is Guangzhou, who will host the ....

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Rank NOC gold silver bronze Total
1 CHN 165 88 63 316
2 KOR 58 53 82 193
3 JPN 50 71 77 198
4 KAZ 23 19 43 85
5 THA 13 15 26 54
Online Videos
Legacy Campaign Video
Doha legacy commercial
The Games are over, but the legacy continues. Meaning far more than just medals and memories, Doha 2006 lives on with a sporting and infrastructure heritage passed on to future generations
Good luck Guangzhou
Performers from Guangzhou performing
China hosts next Games
The Doha 2006 Flame has been officially passed to Guangzhou, China, who will host the 16th Asian Games in 2010
Closing Ceremony
Stunning scene from Closing Ceremony
Incredible show at Khalifa
It was goodbye to the 15th Asian Games Doha 2006 as a wonderful Closing Ceremony took place in front of more than 40,000 spectators at the Khalifa Stadium
Photo Galleries
A young Qatari boy hands over the astrolabe to HH The Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani (L) © Getty Images
Closing Ceremony
Around the world
Athletes of the Games
Athletes of the Games
Day by day, athletes put in incredible performances to light up the 15th Asian Games. Each day, one was singled out. Their legacy lives on, so check out the best of the best.
Orry's Heroes
Orry's Heroes
Doha 2006 wasn't just about gold winners. Everyone played their part in different ways to make this the best Asian Games ever. Here, Orry the oryx picks out his heroes.
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Feast of Facts
Qatar enjoyed their best ever Games, and the statistics show they weren't the only ones. First golds were celebrated, milestones surpassed and records broken at Doha 2006.
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