Asian Winter Games

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Asian Winter Games
Abbreviation AWG
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.[1]

List of Asian Winter Games[edit]

Host cities of the Asian Winter Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
I 1986 Sapporo  Japan 1 March 8 March 7 293 4 35  Japan (JPN) [2]
II 1990 Sapporo  Japan 9 March 14 March 9 310 4 33  Japan (JPN) [3]
III 1996 Harbin  China 4 February 11 February 15 453 4 43  China (CHN) [4]
IV 1999 Gangwon  South Korea 30 January 6 February 14 798 4 43  China (CHN) [5]
V 2003 Aomori  Japan 1 February 8 February 17 641 5 51  Japan (JPN) [6]
VI 2007 Changchun  China 28 January 4 February 25 796 5 47  China (CHN) [7]
VII 2011 Astana-Almaty  Kazakhstan 30 January 6 February 26 843 5 69  Kazakhstan (KAZ) [8]
VIII 2017 Sapporo-Obihiro  Japan 19 February 26 February 32 1145 5 64  Japan (JPN) [9]
IX 2021 Future event

Sports[edit]

Former sports

Medal count[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 138 144 115 397
2  China (CHN) 94 85 105 284
3  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 78 62 56 196
4  South Korea (KOR) 74 83 92 249
5  North Korea (PRK) 1 4 12 17
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 387 383 393 1,163

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-87905684.html
  2. ^ "1st AWG Sapporo 1986". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "2nd AWG Sapporo 1990". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "3rd AWG Harbin 1996". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "4th AWG Gangwon 1999". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "5th AWG Aomori 2003". OCA. Retrieved 1 February 2003. 
  7. ^ "6th AWG Changchun 2007". OCA. Retrieved 28 January 2007. 
  8. ^ "7th AWG Astana-Almaty 2011". OCA. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  9. ^ 2017 Asian Winter Games Medal Standings
  10. ^ "Australia to send 34 athletes to OCA's 8th Asian Winter Games Sapporo 2017". www.aroundtherings.com/. Around the Rings. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 

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