South Asian Games

The South Asian Games (SAG or SA Games), and formerly known as the South Asian Federation Games (SAFG or SAF Games) is 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. Currently, the SAOC comprises 7 member countries, namely Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan started participating in the SAF Games in 2004 and left the SAOC after participating in the 2016 edition.

South Asian Games (SAG)
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AbbreviationSAG
MottoPeace, Prosperity and Progress
First event1984 South Asian Games in Kathmandu, Nepal
Occur every2 years
Next event2021 South Asian Games in Lahore, Pakistan

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 XIII South Asian Games was held at Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur from 1 December to 10 December 2019.

The South Asian Games is one of five subregional Games of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The others are the Central Asian Games, the East Asian Youth Games, the Southeast Asian Games (or SEA Games), and the West Asian Games.[2]

List of South Asian GamesEdit

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Host cities of the South Asian Games
Edition Year Host City/Cities Host Nation Nations Sports Events
1 1984 Kathmandu     Nepal 7 5 62
2 1985 Dhaka   Bangladesh 7 7 94
3 1987 Calcutta   India 7 10 116
4 1989 Islamabad   Pakistan 7 10 114
5 1991 Colombo   Sri Lanka 7 10 142
6 1993 Dhaka   Bangladesh 7 11 115
7 1995 Madras   India 7 14 143
8 1999 Kathmandu     Nepal 7 12 163
9 2004 Islamabad   Pakistan 8 15 170
10 2006 Colombo   Sri Lanka 8 20 197
11 2010 Dhaka   Bangladesh 8 23 158
12 2016 Guwahati/Shillong   India 8 22 226
13 2019 Kathmandu/Pokhara     Nepal 7 26 317
14 2021 Lahore   Pakistan

SportsEdit

Following 28 sports were competed in South Asian Games history till latest edition:

Overall performanceEdit

As of the conclusion of the 2019 South Asian Games.

Country Top Placed Team Second-Placed Team Third-Placed Team
  India 13 times
  Pakistan 7 times 4 times
  Sri Lanka 4 times 7 times
    Nepal 2 times
  Bangladesh 2 times

All-time medal tableEdit

As of the conclusion of the 2019 South Asian Games.

Rank NOC Participated Gold Silver Bronze Total
1   India 13 1274 744 390 2408
2   Pakistan 13 360 458 457 1275
3   Sri Lanka 13 260 444 690 1394
4     Nepal 13 130 182 367 679
5   Bangladesh 13 87 210 491 788
6   Afghanistan 4 20 26 54 100
7   Bhutan 13 2 23 66 91
8   Maldives 13 1 4 13 18

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/Cities Host Nation Top Placed Team
I 2011[5] Dehradun and Auli   India   India (IND)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ It will be South Asian Games Archived 2010-06-04 at the Wayback Machine.Rediff news.April 2, 2004.
  2. ^ Games page Archived 2013-10-14 at the Wayback Machine of the website of the Olympic Council of Asia; retrieved 2010-07-09.
  3. ^ "12th SAF Games Mantle Falls on State". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  4. ^ Premalal, Susil (24 November 2019). "Sri Lanka to host 14th South Asian Games". The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). Colombo, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ "South Asian Winter Games to have two opening and closing". The Times of India. 2010-11-25. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. Retrieved 2011-08-01.

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