SL was the largest contingent to return home without a medal
Nine (9) participating countries of the 18th Asian Games returned home without winning any medals after the multisport event came to an end on Sunday, 2 September 2018.
The nine countries are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, the Maldives, Oman, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Yemen.
Out of those nine countries, Sri Lanka has sent the largest contingent (172 athletes), which comprised 55 athletes more than Bangladesh, who had sent a contingent comprising 117 sportspersons, the second largest team that is to return home sans at least a single medal under their belt.
The last three occasions Sri Lanka failed to win a medal in Asian Games were …
16th Asian Games in 2010 in Guangzhou, China
10th Asian Games in 1982 in Seoul, South Korea
9th Asian Games in 1982 in New Delhi, India
(Note: Asian Games has been held every four years since its inauguration in New Delhi, India in 1951. The Indonesian edition was its 18th)
Sri Lanka –
Sri Lanka sent 172 athletes to participate in the Games. They participated in weightlifting, athletics, archery, 3×3 basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, baseball, badminton, rowing, golf, wrestling, hockey, kabaddi, canoeing-kayaking, karate, sailboat, swimming, rugby, gymnastic, roller skate, squash, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, boxing, triathlon and wushu.
Other nations that went home without a medal this time in the Asiad are …
Bangladesh sent 117 athletes to compete in weightlifting, athletics, 3×3 basketball, beach volleyball, bridge, rowing, golf, wrestling, hockey, kabaddi, shooting, archery, swimming and football.
Bhutan sent 24 of their athletes who competed in golf, archery, taekwondo and boxing.
Brunei Darussalam –
Meanwhile, 15 athletes from Brunei Darussalam participated in weightlifting, athletics, equestrian, golf, karate, pencak silat and wushu.
The contingent from the Maldives consisted of 116 athletes. They participated in archery, basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball, badminton, shooting, swimming, soccer, tennis and table tennis.
Oman’s 46 athletes competed in weightlifting, athletics, beach volleyball, hockey, shooting, sailboat, swimming and tennis.
The 46-strong Palestine contingent competed in weightlifting, athletics, beach volleyball, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, karate, kurash, swimming, soccer, taekwondo and the triathlon.
Timor Leste –
Timor Leste came to the Games with 67 athletes, who participated in weightlifting, athletics, beach volleyball, karate, shooting, pencak silat, soccer, BMX cycling, mountain biking, swimming, taekwondo, tennis and boxing.
The contingent from Yemen, with 37 athletes, took part in athletics, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, karate, kurash, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis and wushu.
Source: Asian Games official website
* The above photo shows Uzbekistan’s Vadim Menkov Awang with the gold medal he won in the canoe men’s singles 1,000m sprint at the 2018 Asian Games.