2011 South Asian Winter Games

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I South Asian Winter Games
Host city Dehradun and Auli, India
Nations participating 7
Athletes participating 150
Events 19 events in 4 sports
Opening ceremony January 10, 2011
Closing ceremony January 16, 2011
Officially opened by Pratibha Patil
Main venue Dehradun RSC Arena, Auli GMVNL Resort

The 1st South Asian Winter Games were held in Dehradun and Auli, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India in January 2011. The games were conducted by the Indian Olympic Association and the Winter Games Federation of India.[1] A grand opening and closing ceremony took place on January 10, 2011 and January 16, 2011, in Dehradun and Auli, respectively.

The Ice skating and Ice hockey events were conducted from January 10 to 12, 2011 in Dehradun while the Skiing and Snowboarding events were held from January 14 to 16, 2011 at Auli.

Infrastructure (Games Related)[edit]

At Dehradun a world class state-of-the-art facility has been created at Raipur Sports College. The Ice skating and Ice hockey arena has a seating capacity of 2,000 and the ice skating rink area is 60M by 30M, in which about 100 to 150 persons can skate every hour. It also has an Olympic size (50 by 25 Meters) fully air conditioned swimming pool, basketball courts and a cafeteria inside the complex. The central government had sanctioned ₹1.5 Billion for constructing this facility.

Auli is a world class destination for skiing and snowboarding. The skiing facility at Auli is of international standards with state-of-the-art ski slopes, artificial snow making system, water storage for artificial snow making system, chair lift system for ski sport and a residential accommodation complex. For the event, most of the works, including the ice making facility were put in place and there were 230 guest rooms that were built for the athletes and officials. The season at Auli has now been extended by creating artificial ice from a captive snow plant.[2]

Infrastructure (General)[edit]

The new Passenger Terminal Building at the Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is now fully operational. The installation of Night Landing System (NLS) and Instrument landing System (ILS) was completed and the lights, too, were installed on the runway to facilitate night landing. The main runway was extended by The Airports Authority of India, to 7000 ft to facilitate the landing of bigger aircraft such as the Airbus A320 and Boeing 727.[3] The helipad at Auli was reconstructed to ensure regular chopper services from Jolly Grant Airport. These services were used to ferry athletes and officials during the event.


The official mascot for the first South Asian Winter Games was the Bharal, the Himalayan Blue-Sheep or Big-Horn (Ovis Ammon) Wild Sheep is the native of Central Asia and the Himalayas. The Bharal was chosen as the ideal mascot for these games keeping in view its agility, strength, sure-footed nature and adaptability for survival in the snow-covered high altitude areas. The male has massive wrinkled horns up to 70 inches in length which forms a spiral, while the horns of the female are much smaller. It weighs around a quintal and stands about 42 inches at the shoulder. Nanda Devi National Park in Uttarakhand is the famous abode of this brownish grey Himalayan Big-Horn called Bharal.

Medal table [4][edit]

  The host country is highlighted in lavender blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India 11 10 12 33
2  Pakistan [5] 1 3 1 5
3  Sri Lanka [6] 1 0 0 1
Total 13 13 13 39

The Games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

Afghanistan did not participate.[7]

Participating nations.


Four winter sports events were included in the 2011 South Asian Winter Games. Alpine skiing consisted of slalom, giant slalom and Super G with both men's and women's events. Cross-country skiing consisted of three events for men – 10 km, 15 km and a 4x10km relay, while the women's event consisted of a 3 km, 5 km and a 10 km. Snowboarding had a slalom and giant slalom with events for both men and women. Skating events included short track speed skating for men and women.[11][12]

Skiing and Snowboarding events were held at the Auli GMVNL Resort, Auli while the Skating and Ice Hockey events were held at Dehradun RSC Arena, Dehradun.[11]

The figure in brackets indicates the number of events

Demonstration event

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.wgfi.in date=August 2011
  2. ^ "Auli Travel Guide - Auli Skiing - Hotels Tour Packages to Auli - SAF Winter Games Auli 2010". Auliholidays.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ Airports Authority of India. http://www.aai.aero.jsp
  4. ^ "India win all medals in 500 mt speed skating". Deccanherald.com. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 2011-01-21. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Sri Lanka News-Adaderana-Truth First - Sri Lankan wins Gold Medal at SA Winter Games". Adaderana.lk. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Pak team arrives for winter SAF games". Zeenews.com. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  8. ^ Hafez Ahmed @ http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com (2011-01-10). "Bangladesh takes part in South Asian Winter Games in India". Thefinancialexpress-bd.com. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  9. ^ a b c d "The Pioneer :: Home : >> Spectacular ceremony marks closure of SAF Winter Games in Auli". Dailypioneer.com. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  10. ^ "The Pioneer :: Home : >> Safe SAF Winter Games begin today". Dailypioneer.com. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  11. ^ a b "Events". Winter Games Federation of India. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  12. ^ "Uttarakhand 2011 First South Asian Winter Games". Winter Games Federation of India. Retrieved 2010-11-11. [dead link]

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