The inaugural South Asian Winter Games will be held in Uttarakhand from January 7 to 19 next year. Besides India, all the other South Asian Federation nations, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, are expected to participate in these Games. The opening and closing ceremonies will be held on January 7 and 19 in Auli and Dehradun respectively.
Auli will also host the skiing competition from January 7-12 while ice skating and ice hockey events will be held in Dehra Dun from January 14-19.
"India is extremely happy to host the first ever Winter Games at Uttarakhand. The state-of-the-art, newly built infrastructure will witness the best ever haul across SAF nations. Our main aim is to promote Winter Games and sporting culture and I am sure that these Games will give a new boost to the future of winter sports in India," IOA secretary-general Randhir Singh said. SS Patwal, President of Winter Games Federation of India, said, "The South Asian Winter Games will pave way for budding winter sports enthusiasts and will offer an international exposure to the professional sportspersons.