Asian Winter Games
|Asian Winter Games (AWG)|
Official logo of the Games
|First event||1986 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan|
|Occur every||Four years|
|Last event||2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan|
|Purpose||Multi-sport event for nations on the Asian continent|
The Asian Winter Games (AWG) is an international 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.
List of Asian Winter Games
|Edition||Year||Host City||Host Nation||Opened by||Start Date||End Date||Nations||Competitors||Sports||Events||Top Placed Team||Ref.|
|I||1986||Sapporo||Japan||Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah||1 March||8 March||7||293||4||35||Japan (JPN)|||
|II||1990||Sapporo||Japan||Emperor Akihito||9 March||14 March||9||310||4||33||Japan (JPN)|||
|III||1996||Harbin||China||President Jiang Zemin||4 February||11 February||17||453||4||43||China (CHN)|||
|IV||1999||Gangwon||South Korea||President Kim Dae-jung||30 January||6 February||14||798||4||43||China (CHN)|||
|V||2003||Aomori||Japan||Crown Prince Naruhito||1 February||8 February||17||641||5||51||Japan (JPN)|||
|VI||2007||Changchun||China||President Hu Jintao||28 January||4 February||25||796||5||47||China (CHN)|||
|VII||2011||Astana‒Almaty||Kazakhstan||President Nursultan Nazarbayev||30 January||6 February||26||843||5||69||Kazakhstan (KAZ)|||
|VIII||2017||Sapporo||Japan||Crown Prince Naruhito||19 February||26 February||32||1,147||5||64||Japan (JPN)|||
- For the 2017 Games, the Olympic Council of Asia invited athletes from the Oceania region. Two countries are scheduled to participate from the region (Australia and New Zealand), along with 30 NOCs from Asia.
|4||South Korea (KOR)||74||83||92||249|
|5||North Korea (PRK)||1||4||12||17|
|Totals (10 nations)||387||383||393||1163|
- "1st AWG Sapporo 1986". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "2nd AWG Sapporo 1990". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "3rd AWG Harbin 1996". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "4th AWG Gangwon 1999". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
- "5th AWG Aomori 2003". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 1 February 2003.
- "6th AWG Changchun 2007". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 28 January 2007.
- "7th AWG Astana-Almaty 2011". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-11-08. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "8th AWG Sapporo 2017". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. Retrieved 19 February 2017.