West Asian Games

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West Asian Games
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The West Asian Games Federation logo and flag.
Abbreviation WAG Games
First event 19–28 November 1997 Tehran, Iran
Occur every 4 years
Last event 7–17 April 2005 Doha, Qatar
Website West Asian Games

West Asian Games (also known as WAG & formerly known as West Asian Games Federation (WAGF)) is a multi-sport event held every 4 years among the athletes from Western Asia. At present, WAG is joined by thirteen members namely Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. [1]

A multi-sport event is an organized sporting event, often held over multiple days, featuring competition in many different sports among organized teams of athletes from (mostly) nation-states. The first major, modern, multi-sport event of international significance is the modern Olympic Games.

Western Asia westernmost portion of Asia

Western Asia, West Asia, Southwestern Asia or Southwest Asia is the westernmost subregion of Asia. The concept is in limited use, as it significantly overlaps with the Middle East, the main difference usually being the exclusion of the majority of Egypt and the inclusion of the Caucasus. The term is sometimes used for the purposes of grouping countries in statistics. The total population of Western Asia is an estimated 300 million as of 2015. Although the term "Western Asia" is mostly used as a convenient division of contemporary sovereign states into a manageable number of world regions for statistical purposes, it is sometimes used instead of the more geopolitical term "Middle East".

Bahrain Sovereign island state in the Persian Gulf

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The West Asian Games was first organised in Tehran, Iran and was considered as the first of its kind. The success of the Games led to the creation of the West Asian Games Federation (WAGF) and the intention of hosting the Games every four years.

Tehran City in Iran

Tehran is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With a population of around 8.7 million in the city and 15 million in the larger metropolitan area of Greater Tehran, Tehran is the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia, and has the second-largest metropolitan area in the Middle East. It is ranked 24th in the world by the population of its metropolitan area.

Iran Country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), it is the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. The country's central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the country's capital and largest city, as well as its leading economic and cultural center.

The West Asian Games is the newest of the 5 Regional Games of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The others are the Central Asian Games, the East Asian Games, the South Asian Games, and the Southeast Asian Games (or SEA Games). [2]

Olympic Council of Asia organization

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is a governing body of sports in Asia, currently with 45 member National Olympic Committees. The current president is Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah. The oldest NOCs are from Japan and the Philippines, recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1911; whereas East Timor is the newest, joining in 2003. The headquarters of the OCA is located at Kuwait City.

The Central Asian Games (CAG), inaugurated in 1995, is a multi-sport event held biennially among athletes from the five Central Asian republics formerly members of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

East Asian Games multi-sport event

The East Asian Games was a multi-sport event organised by the East Asian Games Association (EAGA) and held every four years from 1993 to 2013 among athletes from East Asian countries and territories of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), as well as the Pacific island of Guam, which is a member of the Oceania National Olympic Committees.

List of West Asian Games

EditionYearHost CityHost NationStart DateEnd DateNationsAthletesSportsEventsTop Placed Team
I 1997 Tehran Flag of Iran.svg  Iran 19 November28 November1085011134Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)
II 2002 Kuwait City Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait 3 April12 April12970970Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait  (KUW)
III 2005 Doha Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar 1 December10 December131,20011118Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar  (QAT)

All-time West Asian Games medal table

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)927388253
2Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait  (KUW)715957187
3Flag of Syria.svg  Syria  (SYR)444649139
4Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar  (QAT)373333103
5Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan  (KGZ)26151657
6Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia  (KSA)15162152
7Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan  (JOR)7172044
8Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates  (UAE)7101128
9Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon  (LIB)791026
10Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan  (TKM)5133048
11Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan  (TJK)3111933
12Flag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain  (BRN)3249
13Flag of Yemen.svg  Yemen  (YEM)3137
14Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq  (IRQ)21710
15Flag of Oman.svg  Oman  (OMA)05611
16Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine  (PLE)0000
Totals (16 nations)3223113741007


Sports

Basketball

YearHostsFinal Standing
WinnersRunners-up3rd Place4th Place
1997 Tehran, Iran Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Turkmenistan (1997-2001).svg
Turkmenistan
Flag of Iran.svg
Fath Club
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran U18
2002 Kuwait City, Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
United Arab Emirates
2005 Doha, Qatar Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of Jordan.svg
Jordan
Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait

Football

YearHostsFinal Standing
WinnersRunners-up3rd Place4th Place
1997
Details
Tehran, Iran Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Flag of Tajikistan.svg
Tajikistan
2002
Details
Kuwait City, Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of Palestine.svg
Palestine
2005
Details
Doha, Qatar Flag of Iraq (2004-2008).svg
Iraq
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
Saudi Arabia

Handball

YearHostsFinal Standing
WinnersRunners-up3rd Place4th Place
2002 Kuwait City, Kuwait Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
United Arab Emirates
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
2005 Doha, Qatar Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg
Saudi Arabia
Flag of Syria.svg
Syria

Volleyball

YearHostsFinal Standing
WinnersRunners-up3rd Place4th Place
2005 Doha, Qatar Flag of Qatar.svg
Qatar
Flag of Iran.svg
Iran
Flag of Bahrain.svg
Bahrain
Flag of Kuwait.svg
Kuwait

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References

  1. "The West Asian Games". Topend Sports. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  2. Games page of the website of the Olympic Council of Asia; retrieved 2010-07-09.