China tops medal tally again as EAG bids farewell
The 6th East Asain Games (EAG), the last
edition of the regional sports meet, concluded in the Tianjin Grand Theatre here
on Tuesday evening with hosts China topping the overall medal table.
The ten-day competition has attracted 2,422 athletes from nine countries and
regions to compete in 24 sports and 254 events. The Chinese delegation, who
fielded 516 athletes to compete in all the 24 sports, collected a total of 134
gold, 79 silver and 51 bronze medals to defend its top position at the medal
Japan finished second with 47 gold, 57 silver and 75 bronze while South Korea
ranked third with 36 gold, 51 silver and 74 bronze medals.
China has enjoyed an overwhelming dominance in each edition of the
quadrennial sports event, taking almost half of the gold medals granted at the
previous five editions.
After Tianjin Games the EAG will officially bid farewell as the governing
body of the Games had decided to transform the event to East Asian Youth Games
featuring athletes aged between 14 and 18. The inaugural East Asian Youth Games
will be held in 2019 with the date and venue yet to be decided.
"This change will lead to further development of all the young athletes in
east Asia, giving them a platform to compete and communicate with each other and
also getting better prepared for the YOG and Asian Youth Games," said Fok
Tsun-ting, honorary president of East Asian Games Association (EAGA).
Launched in 1993 in Shanghai, the EAG is a multi-sport event organized by the
EAGA. The participating delegations are the eight East Asian countries and
regions of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), as well as the Pacific island of
Guam, which is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees.
Kazakhstan, a former member of the EAGA, participated in the second EAG in
Busan, South Korea in 1997 and Australia was invited to compete in the third
edition in Osaka, Japan in 2001.