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The South Asian Games (SAF Games, SAG, or SA games, and 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)
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Logo of South Asia Olympic Council
AbbreviationSAG
MottoPeace, Prosperity and Progress
First eventSeptember 1984 Kathmandu, Nepal
Occur every2 years
Last event5–16 February 2016 Guwahati and Shillong, India

The first South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984. From 1984 to 1987 they were 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.

Contents

List of South Asian GamesEdit

Host cities of the South Asian Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Top Placed Team
1 1984 Kathmandu     Nepal   India (IND)
2 1985 Dhaka   Bangladesh   India (IND)
3 1987 Calcutta   India   India (IND)
4 1989 Islamabad   Pakistan   India (IND)
5 1991 Colombo   Sri Lanka   India (IND)
6 1993 Dhaka   Bangladesh   India (IND)
7 1995 Madras   India   India (IND)
8 1999 Kathmandu     Nepal   India (IND)
9 2004 Islamabad   Pakistan   India (IND)
10 2006 Colombo   Sri Lanka   India (IND)
11 2010 Dhaka   Bangladesh   India (IND)
12 2016 Guwahati and Shillong[2]   India   India (IND)
13 2019 Kathmandu     Nepal
14 2020 Islamabad   Pakistan

SportsEdit

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

Overall performanceEdit

Country Top Placed Team Second-Placed Team Third-Placed Team
  India
14 Times
  Pakistan
8 Times
5 Times
  Sri Lanka
5 Times
7 Times
    Nepal
1 Time
  Bangladesh
2 Times

All-time medal tableEdit

Rank NOC Participated Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   India 14 1100 651 345 2086
2   Pakistan 14 329 417 398 1151
3   Sri Lanka 14 220 361 562 1143
4     Nepal 14 79 122 272 473
5   Bangladesh 14 68 178 404 647
6   Afghanistan 4 20 26 54 100
7   Bhutan 14 2 16 53 71
8   Maldives 14 0 4 9 13

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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