3rd Asian Beach Games 2012 - Moments in Haiyang, China

The 3rd Asian Beach Games 2012 in Haiyang, China.

Haiyang is the host city for 2012 Asian Beach Games which was announced by Olympic Council of Asia in Doha on December 2, 2006. Haiyang is a coastal city in the peninsula province of Shandong in east China. It is strategically located in the centre of the prime tourist trio of Qingdao, Yantai, and Weihai.

Haiyang is known for its extensive sea beaches, national forest parks, wetland reserves, and also for beach and yacht activities.

The 3rd Asian Beach Games Haiyang 2012 will be held from 16th to 22nd June, and it will be the first time in China for a Metropolitan County to host international multi-sports event.

The 3rd Asian Beach Games was held in Haiyang, China in 2012. In year 2012, India participated in the 2012 Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China. India won 2 Gold and 1 Bronze medal and finished at 6th place.

Logo 3rd Asian Beach Games was held in Haiyang - China in 2012

Emblem (Charm of the Sea), Haiyang 2012

Interpretation: An overall concept of unity of man and nature is embodied in the emblem. Three moving figures hold their hands together, symbolizing that Asian people are living in harmony like a family and enjoying the great pleasure brought by beach sports.

Three S elements, sun, sand and sea, are emphasized and aim to show the tourist features and to reflect the unique culture and charm of the host city of the 3rd Asian Beach Games.

By one magic line, three sport postures of playing beach volleyball, playing football and swimming are outlined, like flame and like seawater. It is a proper and vivid description of the features of beach games. The three postures are just a combination of strength, passion and beauty of sports, representing the athletes' spirit of struggling, energy of competing and beauty of playing.

Together with the sport postures and bright sun, the yellow line beneath, which composes a vivid and spectacular scene of Asian Beach Games, reflects its unique charm of passion, sunshine and fashion.

The theme image of the emblem is similar to the Chinese character, with its pinyin form “Hai”, not only represents Haiyang as host city of the 3rd Asian Beach Games, but reflects the features of the Beach Games here. The delicate one-line design gives people a unique visual beauty and fully displays its artistic beauty.


Opening Ceremony
16 Jun 2012
Closing Ceremony22 Jun 2012
Host CityHaiyang
Nations Participating45
AthletesFemale 476 Male 862


Vietnam looks ahead to 2016 Beach Games

23 JUN 2012 

Haiyang, China: As the dust settled on the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China, attentions turned to the 4th edition in Phuket, Thailand, in November 2014 – and even beyond that for some Beach Games visitors. Nha Trang, Vietnam, will host the 5th Asian Beach Games in 2016, and three members of the Vietnamese press were hard at work throughout the 3rd ABG promoting the event to sports fans and the general public back home.

The Vietnamese media in Haiyang

“We have really enjoyed our trip to Haiyang. We went to almost every event to send reports back home,” said team leader Mrs Le Thi Hoang Yen, Editor-in-Chief of the Tap Chi The Thao sports magazine in Vietnam.

“It is such a good opportunity for us to learn more about the Asian Beach Games and to report on all the sports here in Haiyang, and to let Vietnam know more about the Beach Games and about the Olympic Council of Asia.

“I would like to thank the OCA for inviting us to this wonderful Asian Beach Games. It has been a great experience for us.” The other two members of the party were Mr Nguyen Quang Thang, a well-known sports photographer, and Mr Cu Duc Thinh, a TV cameraman.


China was participate in the 2012 Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China on 16–22 June 2012. China also won 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, 12 bronze medals and a total of 39 medals, finishing first on the medal table.

Haiyang holds closing ceremony of 3rd ABG

22 JUN 2012

Haiyang, China: The 3rd Asian Beach Games ended with a short and sweet closing ceremony at Heqing Stadium on Friday evening. Timothy Fok, Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia, thanked Haiyang for staging the Games, which he described as “a total success”.

“Our memories will last a lifetime,” he told the audience. “We will always remember Haiyang 2012 as a special chapter in the history of the Asian Beach Games. Haiyang is embracing a more prosperous future.”

Earlier in the closing ceremony, China’s Sports Minister and Olympic Committee President, Liu Peng, said Haiyang had provided a “splendid demonstration” of the Olympic Movement in China.

“During the five years of preparation, the international reputation of Haiyang has grown along with it. This is not the end. It is a new start. Let’s join our hands to create a brighter future.”

The Olympic Council of Asia flag was passed from Haiyang to Phuket, Thailand, where the 4th Asian Beach Games will take place in November 2014.

Haiyang Mayor Jiang Shili gave the OCA flag to Liu Peng, who passed it on to Timothy Fok.

General Yuthasak Sasiprapha, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and President of the Thai National Olympic Committee, received the flag on behalf of Thailand before completing the chain by handing it to Sombat Kuruphan, Executive of the NOC of Thailand.

Phuket organisers then captivated the audience with a glimpse of Thai culture and the beauty of Phuket, which is known as the pearl of the Andaman Sea.

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