South Asian games (SAF Games or SAG & formerly known as South Asian Federation Games also known as SA games) are held in every two year multi-sport event among the athletes from South Asia. At present, SAG are joined by eight members namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. The objective of game organization is to bring peace, prosperity and progress in country.
In 1984 first South Asian Games was hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal. 1984 to 1987 they were held every year except 1986, as it was a year of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. From 1987 onwards, they have been held every two years except for some occasions. In 2004, it was decided in the 32nd meeting of South Asian Sports Council to rename the games from South Asian Federation Games to South Asian Games. There are almost 28 game held. Games like Badminton, football, table- tennis, athletics, boxing, swimming , judo, cycling etc. The 10 Days long South Asian Games have come to an end.
Recently 13th south Asian game was held in Nepal . In Kathmandu , in Dasarath Stadium from 1 December to 10 December .All south Asian country has participated along 28 south Asian games. Games were held in different places of Kathmandu, Pokhara and janakpur. The score were:
|3||Sri Lanka (SRI)||40||83||128||251|
|Totals (7 nations)||316||316||431||1063|
The south Asian Games remained special for Nepal achieving the second highest number of gold medals after India. Nepal had targeted 50 gold but, after the football finals the tally increased more than the expectation. India has won the game with highest, 310, number of medals including 174 gold, 93 silver and 45 Bronze.
At last, sports and games are a vital part of human physiology. They strengthen us, entertain us, fulfill our competitive nature as well as aiding our physical and mental health. So every nation should give priority to the games and sports to develop the nation with the spirit of patience and courage. As well as good health and peaceful mind are two most important benefits of the sports which is needed for individual person as well nation to be healthy.