South Asian Games concludes in Bangladesh

DHAKA: The South Asian Games concluded in Bangladesh''s capital Dhaka, with India on top of the medal list.

India won 90 out of the 157 gold medals. Pakistan finished second on the medal tally with 19 golds while host Bangladesh grabbed 18. Sri Lanka won 16 while Nepal and Afghanistan both earned 7 golds. Bhutan and Maldives didn''t win any gold medal.

At the closing ceremony held in Dhaka Bangabandhu National Stadium, General Abdul Mobin, Bangladesh Olympic Association President, handed over the South Asian Games flame to Suresh Kalmadi, president of Olympic Association of India, the next host country of the games.

Bangladeshi President Zillur Rahman said at the closing ceremony he believed the South Asian Games created an opportunity for closer relations among the people of the region and deepened their fraternity.

Major Masood Haider said Pakistan athletics team with 100-meter champion Naseem Hameed will reach Karachi on Thursday afternoon.