Asian Winter Games
|First event||1986 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan|
|Last event||2011 Asian Winter Games in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan|
|Purpose||Multi sport event for nations on the Asian continent|
|Asian Winter Games|
Official logo of the 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.
List of Games
The number of gold medal per delegation is indicated in brackets.
|Year||Games||Host city||1st place||2nd place||3rd place|
||Sapporo||Japan (29)||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)|
|4||South Korea (KOR)||58||65||76||199|
|5||North Korea (PRK)||1||4||11||16|