South Asian Games 2016-OVERVIEW

South Asian Games 2016-OVERVIEW:
Dear Readers, The South Asian Games, a multi-sport event, is the regional Games of the Olympic Council of Asia. Since it was first hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in the year 1984, except for few occasions the event is taking place every alternate year. This mega multi-national sports event is held among the athletes of the South Asian countries in various locations across the region.

The event is presently joined by the eight South Asian countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The event is unique in itself as it promotes sports with a view to boost up the team spirit as well as an amiable relationship between the South Asian countries.
The 12th South Asian Games will be held in Guwahati, Assam and Shillong, Meghalaya, India in 2016. The Govt. of India in consultation with the Indian Olympic Association has formed the Organising Committee and Executive Committee for the planning, management and execution of the Games.
The Organizing Committee – 12th South Asian Games (OC-SAG) has stated its vision to be the best South Asian Games to date with impeccable standards of service to be provided to athletes, officials and the general public. The Games shall setup new benchmarks for other Host Cities with regards to urban sustainable development by showcasing excellent infrastructure and facilities which could be used by the society and the general public for generations to come.
·        Build state-of-the-art sporting and city infrastructure for the facilitation of the Games
·        Create suitable environment and opportunities for the involvement of the citizens in the Games Showcase the culture and heritage of the North East& India
·        Project India as a Global Sporting destination and Leave behind a lasting legacy
There are 228 events in 23 sports scheduled to be held. A total of 764 medals (228 gold, 228 silver and 308 bronze medals) are on offer in 2016 South Asian Games. The events that are going to conduct are as follows:
Archery (10)
Handball (2)
Athletics (37)
Judo (12)
Badminton (7)
Kabaddi (2)
Basketball (2)
Kho-Kho (2)
Boxing (10)
Cycling (8)
Field hockey (2)
Football (2)
Table tennis
A total of 2,672 athletes are scheduled to compete in 228 events over 23 sports. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati on 5 February 2016.
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