13 Facts About SEA Games


Southeast Asian Games, known as the SEA Games, is a biennial multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia.

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Southeast Asian SEA Games is one of the five subregional SEA Games of the Olympic Council of Asia.

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Southeast Asian Games owes its origins to the South East Asian Peninsular Games or SEAP Games.

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The SEAP Games was conceptualized by Luang Sukhum Nayapradit, then vice-president of the Thailand Olympic Committee.

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The South-East Asian SEA Games were originally called the Southeast Asian Peninsular SEA Games, and changed its name after the inclusion of Brunei, the Philippines and Indonesia in 1977.

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The first SEA Games were held in Bangkok in 1959, comprising more than 527 athletes and officials in 12 sports.

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Southeast Asian Games symbol was introduced during the 1959 SEAP Games in Bangkok, depicting six rings that represent the six founding members and was used until the 1997 edition in Jakarta.

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The official logo is a combination of five fingers holding the 10-circle chain Southeast Asian SEA Games Federation logo, shaping an image of a dove, which is a symbol of peace.

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Since the Southeast Asian SEA Games began in 1959, it has been held in 15 cities across all Southeast Asian countries except East Timor.

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The 3rd SEAP Games then passed to Laos as hosts, but they begged off the 1965 event citing financial difficulties.

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Various individuals have won multiple medals at the SEA Games, including the preceding Southeast Asian Peninsular SEA Games.

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SEA Games reached this milestone during the 2005 Games, overtaking the previous record of 39 gold medals set by another Singaporean swimmer Patricia Chan.

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SEA Games are unique in that it has no official limits to the number of sports and events to be contested, and the range can be decided by the organizing host pending approval by the Southeast Asian SEA Games Federation.

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