South Asian Games

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 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.

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 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 performance

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 table

Rank NOC Participated Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 India1210886323262046
2 Pakistan123234123931128
3 Sri Lanka122103515531114
4   Nepal1279122272473
5 Bangladesh1267177403647
6 Afghanistan320255499
7 Bhutan122165371
8 Maldives1203912

Other Games

South Asian Beach Games

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

South Asian Winter Games

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

See also


  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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