The 2011 Asian Winter Games was a multi-sport event that was held in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, that began on January 30, 2011, and ended on February 6, 2011. It was the first time that Kazakhstan hosted such a large event since independence from the Soviet Union. The documents for the hosting city were signed in Kuwait on March 4, 2006.
|VII Asian Winter Games|
|Host city||Nur-Sultan, Almaty|
|Motto||Unity of purpose ‒ unity of spirit! (Kazakh: Мақсаты бірдің - рухы бір)|
|Events||69 events in 5 sports|
|Opening ceremony||January 30|
|Closing ceremony||February 6|
|Officially opened by||Nursultan Nazarbayev|
President of Kazakhstan 
|Officially closed by||Timothy Fok|
Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia
|Athlete's Oath||Nurbegen Zhumagaziyev (short track ice skating)|
|Judge's Oath||Keith Gee Kay Fong|
|Torch lighter||7 Well known Kazakh athletes.|
Astana Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov announced venues being built include a multipurpose Sports Palace which will seat up to 15,000 spectators, a ski jump complex, a biathlon stadium, and an athlete village.
Upgrades to existing venues included modernizing the Central Stadium, the B. Sholak Sports Palace, Medeo Skating Rink, and Shimbulak Ski Resort. The ski area was increased fivefold from the current 5 km to 65 km. In 2008 a gondola lift from Medeo Skating Rink to Shymbulak Ski Resort was planned to be completed, however, only in the summer of 2010 construction really started and was under serious time pressure. The Medeo Skating rink is an outdoor rink located in the Tian Shan Mountains, about a 30-minute drive away.
Kazakh Minister of Sports Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov notes the 726 million USD for construction and renovation comes from the 2008 state budget. The Olympic village, on the other hand, will be financed by private investors. Overall, Kazakhstan is spending over $1.4 billion to get the area ready to host the games.
Upgrades to the Almaty airport were finished by December 2008; transport issues are also being reviewed. Millions of KZT are being earmarked for work on main transportation corridors, overpasses, a ring road as well as investment in light rail transit between Talgar, Almaty, and Kaskelen. The plan also included purchases of city passenger buses, taxis, and possibly the construction of a subway.
Almaty also upgraded its power supply network of substations and transmission lines. Expansion and reconstruction of heating systems was also recommended. A portion also got into environmental stabilisation.
In 2008, both Medeo and Shymbulak Ski Resort were rebuilt in preparation for the Games. Vladimir Smirnov, deputy head of the national ski federation, said that the resort would soon be one of the largest in the world, which would increase the chances of a successful bid to host the Olympics.
Kazakhstan won the same amount of gold medals on the first day of the competition as it did in the entire 2007 games, topping the medal table for the first time. Iran and Kyrgyzstan won their first ever Asian Winter Games medals, Iran in ski orienteering and alpine skiing and Kyrgyzstan in bandy. 8 countries won medals the most ever at an Asian Winter Games.
|3||South Korea (KOR)||13||12||13||38|
|North Korea (PRK)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (8 nations)||69||69||69||207|
|Astana||Astana Arena||Opening ceremony||30,000|
|Alau Ice Palace||Speed skating||8,773|
|Kazakhstan Sports Palace (arena 1)||Ice hockey||5,050|
|Kazakhstan Sports Palace (arena 2)||Ice hockey||1,200|
|Saryarka Velodrome||Short track speed skating, figure skating||8,000|
|Almaty||Baluan Sholak Sports Palace||Ice hockey, closing ceremony||5,000|
|Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex||Ski jumping||9,500|
|Shymbulak Alpine Sport Resort||Alpine skiing||3,000|
|Soldatskoe Valley Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon Stadium||Biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski orienteering||6,200|
|Tabagan Sport and Recreation Complex||Freestyle skiing||2,250|
The flame of the Games was officially lit at Kuwait Towers, Kuwait City on January 11, 2011. The relay was officially start in Almaty on January 12, 2011 and span around the cities in Kazakhstan for 16 days before arrive at the opening ceremony on January 30, 2011.
|Date||City||Length||Number of |
|January 13||Taraz||12km ||60|
Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport.
Bandy and Ski Orienteering were included for the first time in the Games, while curling and snowboarding was excluded from the list, ski jumping returns to the Games, after not being contested in the last Games in Changchun.
26 countries have registered to take part and they are listed below, this is an increase of 1 from the 2007 games. Bahrain, Qatar and Singapore made their debuts, while Macau and Pakistan did not compete after competing in 2007.
One country only sent officials.
In the following calendar for the 2011 Asian Winter Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held.
|OC||Opening ceremony||●||Event competitions||1||Event finals||CC||Closing ceremony|
|January / February 2011||28th
|Short track speed skating||2||2||4||8|
|Total gold medals||14||11||12||7||8||10||7||69|
|January / February 2011||28th
| Asian Winter Games
Astana and Almaty
VII Asian Winter Games (2011)
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