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Did You Know: SEA Games
  • October 17th, 2008

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Here’s a few interesting info I found about the SEA Games.

I can’t recall where I got it.

If you do know, do inform me, as I want to credit the researcher.

Did You Know?

  • The inaugural games in 1959 was held in Bangkok, Thailand, with just just six participating countries – Burma (Myanmar), Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. It was known as the South East Asian Peninsular Games, or SEAP Games for short.
  • SEAP Games was renamed SEA Games at its 9th meet in 1977 with the addition of Indonesia and Philippines.
  • Vietnam did not participate in the SEA Games from 1973 to 1987, returning only in 1989. It has only hosted the Games once – SEA Games 2003.
  • The SEA Games intention is to rotate the hosts alphabetically by nation name which removes the politics of bidding for the games, and allows the host countries ample time to plan for their turn at the games.
  • Kuala Lumpur has hosted the SEA Games on five occasions – 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001. Bangkok tied with Kuala Lumpur when it successfully hosted the 2007 Games. It hosted the Games in 1959,1967, 1975, 1985 and 2007
  • East Timor made its entry to the SEA Games in 2003 in Vietnam.
  • Basketball was not featured in the 23rd SEA Games. The Philippine Olympic Committee said it was compelled to cancel the sport because the country remains suspended by the International Basketball Federation.
  • The 2005 Games in the Philippines is the largest SEA Games in history, with more events and athletes than ever before.
  • Singapore will not host the 2007 SEA Games as the National Stadium and other facilities will not be ready in time for the Games
  • In SEA Games 2003, drug infractions caused several medals to change hands. As many as eight athletes had their South East Asian Games medals taken away from them after failing drug tests, completely scrambling the 2003 SEA medals table.
  • The second shifting of medals at the Games was due to a “mistake made by Omega”, the timing system, which initially disqualified the Philippines team.

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Posted by Uncle Sha.
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