Asian Winter Games

The Asian Winter Games (AWG) is an international multi-sport event held every four years for members of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) which features winter events. The Japanese Olympic Committee first suggested the idea of holding a winter version of the Asian Games in 1982. Their efforts were rewarded when they were finally given hosting rights for the first edition that was held in Sapporo in 1986, as the city had the infrastructure and expertise gained from hosting of the 1972 Winter Olympics.

Asian Winter Games
AbbreviationAWG
First event1986 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan
Occur everyFour years
Last event2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan
PurposeMulti-sport event for nations on the Asian continent

From having only seven member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia taking part in the first edition, the number of nations competing in the Winter Asiad has consistently grown. In the 2007 Asian Winter Games in Changchun, 27 out of the 45 members fielded a record number of competitors, while all 45 NOCs sent delegations for the first time ever in Winter Asian history.

Although games in Lebanon in 2009 were considered, they ultimately did not take place.

List of Asian Winter Games

Host cities of the Asian Winter Games
Edition Year Host City Host Nation Opened by Start Date End Date Nations Competitors Sports Events Top Placed Team Ref.
I 1986 Sapporo  Japan Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 1 March 8 March 7 293 4 35  Japan (JPN) [1]
II 1990 Sapporo  Japan Emperor Akihito 9 March 14 March 9 310 4 33  Japan (JPN) [2]
III 1996 Harbin  China President Jiang Zemin 4 February 11 February 17 453 4 43  China (CHN) [3]
IV 1999 Gangwon  South Korea President Kim Dae-jung 30 January 6 February 14 798 4 43  China (CHN) [4]
V 2003 Aomori  Japan Crown Prince Naruhito 1 February 8 February 17 641 5 51  Japan (JPN) [5]
VI 2007 Changchun  China President Hu Jintao 28 January 4 February 25 796 5 47  China (CHN) [6]
VII 2011 AstanaAlmaty  Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev 30 January 6 February 26 843 5 69  Kazakhstan (KAZ) [7]
VIII 2017 Sapporo  Japan Crown Prince Naruhito 19 February 26 February 32 1,147 5 64  Japan (JPN) [8]
IX 2021 Future event

Sports

SportYears
Alpine skiingAll
Bandy2011 only
BiathlonAll
Cross-country skiingAll
Curling2003–2007, 2017
Figure skating1986, since 1996
Freestyle skiing1996, since 2003
SportYears
Ice hockeyAll
Ski orienteering2011 only
Short track speed skatingAll
Ski jumping1999, since 2011
Snowboarding2003–2007, 2017
Speed skatingAll

Medal count

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Japan (JPN)138144115397
2 China (CHN)9485105284
3 Kazakhstan (KAZ)786256196
4 South Korea (KOR)748392249
5 North Korea (PRK)141217
6 Uzbekistan (UZB)1247
7 Lebanon (LBN)1102
8 Mongolia (MGL)0167
9 Iran (IRI)0123
10 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)0011
Totals (10 nations)3873833931163

References

  1. "1st AWG Sapporo 1986". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  2. "2nd AWG Sapporo 1990". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  3. "3rd AWG Harbin 1996". OCA. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  4. "4th AWG Gangwon 1999". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  5. "5th AWG Aomori 2003". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 1 February 2003.
  6. "6th AWG Changchun 2007". OCA. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 28 January 2007.
  7. "7th AWG Astana-Almaty 2011". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-11-08. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  8. "8th AWG Sapporo 2017". OCA. Archived from the original on 2010-11-07. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
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