South Asian Games

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South Asian Games
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The South Asian Games Association logo
Abbreviation SAG
First event September 1984 Kathmandu, Nepal
Occur every 2 years
Last event 5–16 February 2016 Guwahati, Shillong, India

The South Asian Games (SAF Games, SAG, or SA games, & formerly known as South Asian Federation Games) are a biennial multi-sport event held among the athletes from South Asia. The governing body of these games is South Asian Sports Council (SASC), formed in 1983. At present, SAG are joined by eight members namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

The first South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984 and have since been held every two years except for some occasions. In 2004, it was decided in the 32nd meeting of South Asian Sports Council to rename the games from South Asian Federation Games to South Asian Games as the officials believed the word Federation was diminishing the emphasis on event and acting as a barrier in attracting crowd.[1] These Games are often hyped as the South Asian version of Olympic Games. XII South Asian Games are being held at Guwahati and Shillong from 5 February to 16 February 2016.

List of South Asian Games[edit]

Host cities of the South Asian Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by
I 1984 Kathmandu    Nepal King Birendra
II 1985 Dhaka  Bangladesh Hussain Muhammad Ershad
III 1987 Calcutta  India R. Venkataraman
IV 1989 Islamabad  Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan
V 1991 Colombo  Sri Lanka Ranasinghe Premadasa
VI 1993 Dhaka  Bangladesh Abdur Rahman Biswas
VII 1995 Madras  India Shankar Dayal Sharma
VIII 1999 Kathmandu    Nepal King Birendra
IX 2004 Islamabad  Pakistan Pervez Musharraf
X 2006 Colombo  Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa
XI 2010 Dhaka  Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina
XII 2016 Guwahati and Shillong[2]  India Narendra Modi
XIII 2018 Kathmandu    Nepal TBD

South Asian Beach Games[edit]

Edition Year Host City Country
I 2011 Hambantota  Sri Lanka

South Asian Winter Games[edit]

Edition Year Host City Country
I 2011[3] Dehradun and Auli  India

Gold medal tally[edit]

COUNTRY OVER-ALL CHAMPIONS 2nd GOLD 3rd GOLD
 India
12 Times
-
-
 Pakistan
-
7 Times
4 Times
 Sri Lanka
-
4 Times
7 Times
   Nepal
-
1 Time
-
 Bangladesh
-
-
2 Time

All-time medal table[edit]

Rank NOC Participated Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  India 12 1088 632 326 2046
2  Pakistan 12 323 412 393 1128
3  Sri Lanka 12 210 351 553 1114
4    Nepal 12 79 122 272 473
5  Bangladesh 12 67 177 403 647
6  Afghanistan 3 20 25 54 99
7  Bhutan 12 2 16 53 71
8  Maldives 12 0 3 9 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ It will be South Asian Games.Rediff news.April 2, 2004.
  2. ^ "12th SAF Games Mantle Falls on State". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "South Asian Winter Games to have two opening and closing". The Times of India. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 

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