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 alternatively
Last event 2011 Asian Winter Games in Astana-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 Asian Winter Games[edit]

Host cities of the games through 2021
Year Games Host Dates Nations Athletes Sports Events Ref
1986 I JapanSapporo, Japan 1–8 March 7 293 7 35
1990 II Japan Sapporo, Japan 9–14 March 9 310 6 33
1996 III China Harbin, China 4–11 February 17 453 8 43
1999 IV South Korea Kangwon, South Korea 30 January – 6 February 14 798 7 43
2003 V Japan Aomori, Japan 1–8 February 17 641 11 51
2007 VI China Changchun, China 28 January – 4 February 25 796 10 47
2011 VII Kazakhstan Astana-Almaty, Kazakhstan 30 January – 6 February 26 843 11 69
2017 VIII Japan Sapporo-Obihiro, Japan 19–26 February 45 11 64 [2]
2021 IX China Beijing, China Future event [3]

Sports[edit]

Sport Years
Biathlon since 1986
Curling since 2003
Ice hockey since 1986
Skating since 1986
Skiing since 1986
Snowboarding 2003,2007

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


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