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Asian Winter Games

The Asian Winter Games is a 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.

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.[1]


  • List of Games 1
  • Medal count 2
  • Sports 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

List of Games

Map of the Asian Winter Games locations. Countries that have hosted one Winter Games are shaded green, while countries that have hosted two or more are shaded blue.

The number of gold medal per delegation is indicated in brackets.

Year Games Host city 1st place 2nd place 3rd place
Sapporo China (4) South Korea (1)
Sapporo Japan (18) China (9) South Korea (6)
Harbin China (15) Kazakhstan (14) Japan (8)
Gangwon China (15) South Korea (11) Kazakhstan (10)
Aomori Japan (24) South Korea (10) China (9)
Changchun China (19) Japan (13) South Korea (9)
Astana and Almaty Kazakhstan (32) Japan (13) South Korea (13)

Medal count

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan (JPN) 111 123 89 323
2  China (CHN) 82 71 96 249
3  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 69 51 44 164
4  South Korea (KOR) 58 65 76 199
5  North Korea (PRK) 1 4 11 16
6  Uzbekistan (UZB) 1 2 4 7
7  Lebanon (LIB) 1 1 0 2
8  Mongolia (MGL) 0 1 6 7
9  Iran (IRI) 0 1 2 3
10  Kyrgyzstan (KGZ) 0 0 1 1
Total 323 319 329 971


See also


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External links

  • 2011 Asian Winter Games official website
  • Olympic Council of Asia

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