Asian Winter Games

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Asian Winter Games
Asian Games logo.svg
Abbreviation AWG
First event 1986 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan
Occur every four years
Last event 2011 Asian Winter Games in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan
Purpose Multi sport event for nations on the Asian continent

The Asian Winter Games is a multi-sport event held every four years for members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which features winter events. The Japanese Olympic Committee first suggested the idea of holding a winter version of the Asian Games in 1982. Their efforts were rewarded when they were finally given hosting rights for the first edition that was held in Sapporo in 1986, as the city had the infrastructure and expertise gained from hosting of the 1972 Winter Olympics.

From having only seven member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia taking part in the first edition, the number of nations competing in the Winter Asiad has consistently grown. In the 2007 Asian Winter Games in Changchun, 27 out of the 45 members fielded a record number of competitors, while all 45 NOCs sent delegations for the first time ever in Winter Asian history.

Although games in Lebanon in 2009 were considered, they ultimately did not take place.[1]

List of Games[edit]

Map of the Asian Winter Games locations. Countries that have hosted one Winter Games are shaded green, while countries that have hosted two or more are shaded blue.

The number of gold medal per delegation is indicated in brackets.

Year Games Host city 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
1986
I
Japan Sapporo Japan (29) China (4) South Korea (1)
1990
II
Japan Sapporo Japan (18) China (9) South Korea (6)
1996
III
China Harbin China (15) Kazakhstan (14) Japan (8)
1999
IV
South Korea Gangwon China (15) South Korea (11) Kazakhstan (10)
2003
V
Japan Aomori Japan (24) South Korea (10) China (9)
2007
VI
China Changchun China (19) Japan (13) South Korea (9)
2011
VII
Kazakhstan Astana and Almaty Kazakhstan (32) Japan (13) South Korea (13)
2017
VIII
Japan Sapporo[2]

Medal count[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 111 123 89 323
2  China (CHN) 82 71 96 249
3  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 69 51 44 164
4  South Korea (KOR) 58 65 76 199
5  North Korea (PRK) 1 4 11 16
6  Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 2 4 7
7  Lebanon (LIB) 1 1 0 2
8  Mongolia (MGL) 0 1 6 7
9  Iran (IRI) 0 1 2 3
10  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 0 0 1 1
Total 323 319 329 971

Sports[edit]

Main article: Asian Games sports

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