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 Asian Sports Council (SASC), 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 and have since 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  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  India 12 1088 632 326 2046
2  Sri Lanka 12 323 412 393 1128
3  Pakistan 12 210 351 553 1114
4    Nepal 12 79 122 272 473
5  Bangladesh 12 67 177 403 647
6  Afghanistan 3 20 25 54 99
7  Bhutan 12 2 16 53 71
8  Maldives 12 0 3 9 12

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 Dehradun and Auli  India  India (IND)

See also


  1. ^ It will be South Asian Games.Rediff news.April 2, 2004.

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