The best ever South Asian Games :: Successful conduct of the Games writes a golden page in the history of North Eastern region :: 12 New Records created in Athletics this South Asian Games :: 28 New Records created in Swimming this South Asian Games ::


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.

12th South Asians Games started on 5th February 2016. Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi declared the Games open. After twelve days of sporting activities in the spirit of friendship, togetherness and much more, curtains came down on 16th evening on the 12th South Asian Games 2016, held in Guwahati and Shillong. The event has been widely hailed as the best South Asian Games, ever organised. The Games involved about 4500 participants including around 2600 athletes in 22 disciplines. All the eight countries participated in the 12-day sporting extravaganza.

12th South Asians Games saw a record medal haul by India. Out of total 789 medals won by Athletes, India won a record 308 medals, which is almost 40% of all the medals. 12 new records were created in Athletics, out of which 10 belonged to India. Out of the 28 records created in Swimming, 19 belonged to India. This exhibits that sustained efforts by Government of India to boost sporting excellence through expansion of sporting infrastructure and support programmes for various sports disciplines in the country is bearing results.

The successful conduct of the Games is to be seen in the context of record time in which it was executed. It was barely six months before the scheduled commencement date of the event, when the two cities Guwahati and Shillong were finalised as venues. Games of this scale generally take at least two years to execute if not more. Initially, there was scepticism about the capacity of Guwahati and Shillong to host the Games. Infrastructure required significant upgradation in short time. There were also apprehensions about the availability of suitable accommodation in Guwahati and Shillong. However, the Chairman of the Organising Committee and Minister of State(Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal was confident that the Games could be successfully held in Guwahati and Shillong. With the support and guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, he played a big role in bringing various Ministries/Departments of Government of India, public sector undertakings, Governments of Assam and Meghalaya and other key players together to deliver the best ever South Asian Games. Full support was received from Shri Tarun Gogoi, the honourable Chief Minister of Assam and Shri Mukul Sangma, the honourable Chief Minister of Meghalaya. The Government of India, the Government of Meghalaya and the Government of Assam worked in unique tandem together to bring the Games to the two cities and make it successful.

The Games also had an incredible Management Synergy between Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of India , Organising Committee, State Governments of Assam and Meghalaya and various other authorities/stake-holders. The key members of the team were Shri Rajiv Yadav , Secretary , Department of Sports , CEO Guwahati Sri Injeti Srinivas, CEO Shillong Sri RK Sharma , Chief Secretary of Assam Sri V K Pipersenia and Chief Secretary of Meghalaya, Sri PBO Warjri. Together they pulled off an incredible multi sporting event in an extremely short span of time and challenging circumstances.

Besides upgradation of various venues which was taken up on war footing , two venues of Hockey Stadium and Squash Courts are almost a miracle story that needs special mention.

Successful conduct of these games has written a golden page in the history of North Eastern region. It has not only set a quality benchmark for conduct of future games, but has also given an astounding boost to the confidence of the North Eastern region to host much bigger international sporting events in future. The Games have also provided a huge boost to the sports infrastructure in Guwahati and Shillong for sportspersons in this region to hone their sporting skills. It is expected that the Games will help boost trade and tourism among the eight South Asian countries who participated in the meet.

Further, in order to leave a lasting legacy, It has been decided that exiting shooting equipments which required expensive repair in Guwahati would be taken up as part of legacy plan by OC. Further, Tikhor Parks are being considered to be created at Guwahati University and North Eastern Hill University at Shillong.

The Games were widely viewed on internet and as well on TV . In a unique initiative, Government of India and Prasar Bharti decided to provide TV signals to channels of other participating countries free of cost. As far as web site is concerned, 2 Lakh hits per hour was quite common during the working hours (i.e. leaving aside the late night and early hours). OCSAG also witnessed about 15 Lakh hits per hour during peak time.

Unprecedented security arrangements were made to ensure smooth conduct of the 12-day event without any hitch across the two cities of Guwahati and Shillong.

The next South Asian Games will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Bhupen Hazarika

Theme Song of 12th South Asian Games was "Ei Prithibi Ek Krirangan" which literally translates to "The world is a playground" was written by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (1926–2011) a notable personality of India. He was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs are based on the themes of communal amity, universal justice and empathy, and are marked by humanity and universal brotherhood. He was the only pioneer of Assam’s film industry in the Northeast. He is also acknowledged to have introduced the culture and folk music of Assam and Northeast India to Hindi cinema at the national level.

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Medals Tally

Gold Medal Silver Medal Bronze Medal Total
INDIA 188 90 30 308
SRI LANKA 25 63 98 186
PAKISTAN 12 37 57 106
BANGLADESH 4 15 56 75
NEPAL 3 23 34 60
MALDIVES 0 2 1 3
BHUTAN 0 1 15 16



There were 22 sport disciplines for the 12th South Asian Games of which 15 were held in Guwahati (Assam) and 7 in Shillong (Meghalaya).
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A range of 22 Sports Disciplines of the 12th South Asian Games were conducted in 17 venues across the cities of Guwahati and Shillong. 12 venues in Guwahati and 5 venues in Shillong were developed to carry out the various sporting events. Click here for further info