The 2016 South Asian Games, officially the XII South Asian Games, will be a major multi-sport event that will take place from today onward till 16 February 2016 in Guwahati and Shillong, India.
A total of 2,672 athletes are scheduled to compete in 228 events over 23 sports. Today Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati.
So lets know more about The South Asian Games
The first South Asian Games were hosted by Kathmandu, Nepal in 1984 and have since 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 as the officials believed the word Federation was diminishing the emphasis on event and acting as a barrier in attracting crowd. These Games are often hyped as the South Asian version of Olympic Games. The governing body of these games is South Asian Sports Council (SASC), formed in 1983. At present, SAG are joined by eight members namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
Logo and mascot
Tikhor, the official mascot used for the games.
On 19 December 2015, Tikhor the baby Rhino was unveiled to the public as the official mascot for the 2016 South Asian Games. According to the organising committee, Tikhor carries the message of Peace, Progress, and Prosperity in the South Asian region. This is in line with the official motto, “Play for Peace, Progress and Prosperity”.
The anthem of the games was chosen to be a famous Assamese song, “Ei Prithibi Ek Krirangan” (The world is a playground) by Bhupen Hazarika, an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam.