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The Asian Winter Games

The Asian Winter Games (Winter Asiad) has been held about every four years since 1986. Japan has been the most successful country, leading the all-time medal tally over China, Kazakhstan and South Korea.

Only seven nations attended the first Asian Winter Games in 1986. This has grown to include 32 nations at the last Games held in 2017. For the 2017 Games, the Olympic Council of Asia invited athletes from Australia and New Zealand, who participated along with 30 NOCs from Asia.

The next Asian Winter Games are due to be held in 2025 (a break of 8 years), in Harbin  China. The 2029 Games are planned for Trojena of Neom, Saudi Arabia


The sports on the program for the Asian Winter Games are similar to the Winter Olympics. Four sports that are part of the Winter Olympics and not included are bobsleigh, luge, Nordic combined, and skeleton, left out mainly due to infrastructure limitations.

Previously Held Sports

Host Cities

Edition Year City
X 2029 Neom, Saudi Arabia
IX 2027 Harbin, China
VIII 2017 Sapporo, Japan
VII 2011 Astana‒Almaty, Kazakhstan
VI 2007 Changchun, China
V 2003 Aomori, Japan
IV 1999 Gangwon, South Korea
III 1996 Harbin, China
II 1990 Sapporo, Japan
I 1986 Sapporo, Japan


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