VIII Asian Games
Host cityBangkok, Thailand
Events199 in 19 sports
Opening9 December 1978
Closing20 December 1978
Opened byBhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Main venueNational Stadium

The 8th Asian Games (Thai: เอเชียนเกมส์ 2521) were held from 9 to 20 December 1978, in Bangkok, Thailand. Originally, the host city was Singapore but Singapore dropped its plan to host the Games due to financial problems. Then Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, was decided to host the 8th Games. But Islamabad also dropped its plan to host the Asian Games due to conflicts with Bangladesh and India.

Thailand offered to help and the Asiad therefore was held in Bangkok. On the political front, Israel was expelled from the Asian Games. A total number of 3,842 athletes, coming from 25 countries, competed in these Asian Games. Debuting sports were archery and bowling.[1]


Participating nations

25 out of 32 Olympic Council of Asia members participated in these games. Iran just sent only one official and did not participate in the games due to the political situation in Iran at the time.[2]

Medal table

Main article: 1978 Asian Games medal table

The top ten ranked NOCs at these Games are listed below. The host nation, Thailand, is highlighted.

  *   Host nation (Thailand)

1 Japan (JPN)705949178
2 China (CHN)515446151
3 South Korea (KOR)18203169
4 North Korea (PRK)15131543
5 Thailand (THA)*11121942
6 India (IND)1111628
7 Indonesia (INA)871833
8 Pakistan (PAK)44917
9 Philippines (PHI)44614
10 Iraq (IRQ)24612
Totals (19 entries)201199226626


  1. ^ "8th Asian Games Bangkok 1978". Olympic Council of Asia. Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Pomp and Pageantry Fit for a King ..." The Straits Times. 10 December 1978. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
Preceded byTehran Asian Games Bangkok VIII Asiad (1978) Succeeded byNew Delhi