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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 Asia Olympic Council (SAOC), formed in 1983. At present, SAG are joined by eight members namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

South Asian Games (SAG)
Logo of South Asia Olympic Council
Abbreviation SAG
Motto Peace, Prosperity and Progress
First event September 1984 Kathmandu, Nepal
Occur every 2 years
Last event 5–16 February 2016 Guwahati and Shillong, India

The first South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984. From 1984 to 1987 they were annual event held every year except 1986, as it was a year of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. From 1987 onwards, they have 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. The XII South Asian Games was held at Guwahati and Shillong from 5 February to 16 February 2016.


List of South Asian GamesEdit

Host cities of the South Asian Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Top Placed Team
I 1984 Kathmandu     Nepal   India (IND)
II 1985 Dhaka   Bangladesh   India (IND)
III 1987 Calcutta   India   India (IND)
IV 1989 Islamabad   Pakistan   India (IND)
V 1991 Colombo   Sri Lanka   India (IND)
VI 1993 Dhaka   Bangladesh   India (IND)
VII 1995 Madras   India   India (IND)
VIII 1999 Kathmandu     Nepal   India (IND)
IX 2004 Islamabad   Pakistan   India (IND)
X 2006 Colombo   Sri Lanka   India (IND)
XI 2010 Dhaka   Bangladesh   India (IND)
XII 2016 Guwahati and Shillong[2]   India   India (IND)
XIII 2019 Kathmandu     Nepal


Following sports were competed in South Asian Games history till latest edition:

Overall performanceEdit

Country Top Placed Team Second-Placed Team Third-Placed Team
12 Times
7 Times
4 Times
  Sri Lanka
4 Times
6 Times
1 Time
2 Times

All-time medal tableEdit

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

Other GamesEdit

South Asian Beach GamesEdit

Edition Year Host City Host Nation Top Placed Team
I 2011 Hambantota   Sri Lanka   India (IND)

South Asian Winter GamesEdit

Edition Year Host City Host Nation Top Placed Team
I 2011[3] Dehradun and Auli   India   India (IND)

See alsoEdit


  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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