1996 Asian Winter Games

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III Asian Winter Games
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Nations participating 15
Athletes participating 453
Events 43 in 8 sports
Opening ceremony 4 February
Closing ceremony 11 February
Officially opened by Jiang Zemin
President of China
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The 3rd Asian Winter Games were held from February 4 to 11, 1996 in Harbin, People's Republic of China.[1] North Korea's Samjiyon was the original host for the games scheduled in 1995, but withdrew in August 1992. After the withdrawal, South Korea and then People's Republic of China submitted bids respectively. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) decided to elect the host cities for these 3rd games and the next 4th games simultaneously. On December 2, 1993, The OCA announced that the 3rd games would be held in People's Republic of China in 1996 and the 4th games would be held in South Korea in 1999.


Official mascot The 1996 Winter Asiad mascot is Doudou, a character inspired by the pea plant.[2]


A total of 43 events in eight medal sports were held in the Third Winter Asian Games. Figure skating was reinstated and Freestyle skiing was added to the program.

Demonstration sport only:

Participating nations[edit]

Names are arranged in alphabetical order by their IOC country codes.

Medal table[edit]

  Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 15 7 15 37
2  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 14 9 8 31
3  Japan (JPN) 8 14 10 32
4  South Korea (KOR) 8 10 8 26
5  Uzbekistan (UZB) 0 1 1 2
Total 45 41 42 128


  • 제4회 강원 동계아시아경기대회 공식보고서 (The 4th Kangwon Asian Winter Games Official Report) (in Korean). The 4th Kangwon Asian Winter Games Organizing Committee. 30 August 1999.