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Press Release: OCA announces dates for 8th Asian Winter Games, Sapporo 2017

05 Aug 2014
Kuwait: The dates for the 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, have been confirmed by the organising committee, SAWGOC, as February 19-26, 2017. After being informed of the official dates, the Olympic Council of Asia immediately contacted the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations requesting the dates be included in the sports calendars of the respective International Federations.

With the next edition of the Asian Winter Games still two and a half years away - and set to take place just one year before the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea - the OCA and SAWGOC can look forward to a high-profile, high-quality winter sports festival.

Sapporo will offer 10 venues, many of them still in use from the 1972 Winter Olympics, while the speed skating will be held at Obihiro in the Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval.

The Sapporo venues include the iconic Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, the Tsukisamu Gymnasium (ice hockey) and the new Hokkaido Bank Dohgin Curling Stadium, which opened in 2012.

The 8th Asian Winter Games will feature five sports: skiing (ski jumping, cross country, alpine, freestyle and snowboard), skating (speed skating, figure skating and short track), ice hockey, curling and biathlon.
Sapporo 2017 is expected to be the largest Asian Winter Games in OCA history, with 1,200 athletes from around 30 of the OCA’s 45 member National Olympic Committees.

Sapporo – capital of the most northerly of Japan’s four main islands, Hokkaido - hosted the first and second AWG in 1986 and 1990, while the fifth AWG was held in another Japanese winter sports city, Aomori.

History of the Asian Winter Games:  1986, Sapporo, Japan; 1990, Sapporo, Japan; 1996, Harbin, China; 1999, Kangwon, Korea; 2003, Aomori, Japan; 2007, Chang Chun, China; 2011, Astana-Almaty, Kazakhstan.
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