South Asian Games
Logo of South Asia Olympic Council
|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. 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 GamesEdit
|Edition||Year||Host City||Host Nation||Opened by|
|I||1984||Kathmandu||Nepal||King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah|
|II||1985||Dhaka||Bangladesh||President Hussain Muhammad Ershad|
|III||1987||Calcutta||India||President Ramaswamy Venkataraman|
|IV||1989||Islamabad||Pakistan||President Ghulam Ishaq Khan|
|V||1991||Colombo||Sri Lanka||President Ranasinghe Premadasa|
|VI||1993||Dhaka||Bangladesh||President Abdur Rahman Biswas|
|VII||1995||Madras||India||President Shankar Dayal Sharma|
|VIII||1999||Kathmandu||Nepal||King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah|
|IX||2004||Islamabad||Pakistan||President Pervez Musharraf|
|X||2006||Colombo||Sri Lanka||President Mahinda Rajapaksa|
|XI||2010||Dhaka||Bangladesh||Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina|
|XII||2016||Guwahati and Shillong||India||Prime Minister Narendra Modi|
Following sports were competed in South Asian Games history till latest edition.
Gold medal tallyEdit
|COUNTRY||OVER-ALL CHAMPIONS||2nd GOLD||3rd GOLD|
All-time medal tableEdit
South Asian Beach GamesEdit
South Asian Winter GamesEdit
|I||2011||Dehradun and Auli||India|
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