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Kazakhstan Winter 2011

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Kazakhstan is hosting the 7th Asian Winter Games 2011, aka ASIAD 2011. It's the first major sports event in Kazakhstan since the fall of the USSR.

Chimbulak and Medeo used to host many winter championships of the USSR, as well as some international events.

Since its independence there hasn't been enough attention paid to these sports facilities due to various reasons including financial-economic.

Now when Kazakhstan is back on its feet, it has ambitious plans as to consider the bid for 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

In fact, Kazakhstan unsuccessfully participated in the bid for 2018, but it only strengthened its desire to achieve the goal.

These Asian Winter Games should open the path now and let Kazakhstan have an Olympic test drive.;) Fingers crossed.

The VII Asian Winter Games Facts

  • 5th January 2006 - Chosen as a hosting country in Kuwait (Home of the Olympic Committee of Asia)
  • USD 726 million included in 2008 budget for construction and renovation of sports facilities.
  • 4135 Athletes
  • 27 Participating Countries
  • 69 Sets of Medals
  • 5 Sports
  • 11 Disciplines
  • 30th January 2011 - Opening in Astana Arena
  • 6th February 2011 - Closing in Almaty Baluan Sholak Sport and Culture Palace

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The Asian Winter Games Torch Relay
Map of Kazakhstan

the map to see it in a larger scale. The map is the property of the Asiad 2011 Official Website.

Torch Relay And Itinerary

2011 January
  1. - Torch officially lit in Kuwait Towers (OCA)
  2. - Relay to start in Almaty, the major cultural center of Kazakhstan
  3. - Taraz
  4. - Chimkent
  5. - Kyzyl Orda
  6. - Aktau
  7. - Atyrau
  8. - Uralsk
  9. - Aktobe
  10. - Kostanai
  11. - Petropavlovsk
  12. - Kokshetau
  13. - Kokshetau
  14. - Pavlodar
  15. - Ust-Kamenogorsk
  16. - Ust-Kamenogorsk
  17. - Taldykorgan
  18. - Karaganda
  19. - Karaganda
  20. - Astana - the Official Opening of the 7th Asian Winter Games 2011
  21. - Almaty - the Official Closing of the 7th Asian Winter Games 2011
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Asian Games Mascot 2011

Asiad 2011 Mascot
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This welcoming and happy IRBI is the official representative and the main hero of the ASIAD 2011. Irbi, shortened from Irbis, is another name used for snow leopards. So how Irbi, the snow leopard became the mascot of the 7th Asian Winter Games 2011?

It's simple. Firstly, snow leopards live in the rocky mountains of Central and South Asia. And Kazakhstan is in Central Asia.

Secondly, the Snow Leopard is an endangered species.

And the snow leopards, aka Bars, aka Irbis are the symbol of power, courage and justice. As simple as that.

Asian Games Motto

Unity of Purposes - Unity of Spirit

Asian Winter Games 2011 - Participating Countries

  • Flag of Afghanistan
  • Flag of Bahrain
  • Flag of China
  • Flag of Hong Kong
  • Flag of India
  • Flag of Japan
  • Flag of Kazakhstan
  • Flag of Kuwait
  • Flag of Kyrgyzstan
  • Flag of Jordan
  • Flag of Malaysia
  • Flag of Maldives
  • Flag of Mongolia
  • Flag of North Korea
  • Flag of Pakistan
  • Flag of Philippines
  • Flag of Qatar
  • Flag of Singapore
  • Flag of South Korea
  • Flag of Chinese Taipei
  • Flag of Tajikistan
  • Flag of Thailand
  • Flag of the United Arab Emirates
  1. Afganistan
  2. Bahrain
  3. China
  4. Hong Kong
  5. India
  6. Japan
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Kuwait
  9. Kyrgyzstan
  10. Jordan
  11. Malaysia
  12. Maldives
  13. Mongolia
  14. North Korea
  15. Pakistan
  16. Phillipines
  17. Qatar
  18. Signapore
  19. South Korea
  20. Chinese Taipei
  21. Tajikistan
  22. Thailand
  23. United Arab Emirates

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Winter Games 2011 Promos with the Famous Irbi




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Asian Winter Games Gold Coin

KZT 50 000 Gold Coin


Kazakhstan National Bank released KZT 50 000 gold coin to commemorate the 7th Asian Winter Games.


Asian Winter Games 2011 on 2000 KZT banknote

2000 Tenge Banknote - Asian Games 2011

National Bank of Kazakhstan issued KZT 2000 banknote to commemorate 2011 major event in Kazakhstan - the VII Asian Winter Games.

2000 KZT Banknote - 2011 Asian Games

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