Singapore, 1 May 2014 – The South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) gathered in Singapore recently from 28 to 30 April for a series of meetings to discuss issues pertinent to the South East Asian Games (SEA Games) 2015 which will be hosted in Singapore.
Besides the usual committees, executive committee and council meetings, a special Congress session led by Dr Tan Eng Liang, Organising Chairman of the 2nd SEAGF Congress 2014, was held. The first edition of the SEAGF Congress was held in 2000 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Members from 11 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam – met to deliberate the status quo of the Games and brainstorm ideas for the future, with discussion topics centred on the congress theme of “Building on our success”.
Keynote addresses from Olympic Council of Malaysia’s Tunku Imran and Dato’ Sieh Kok Chi were well-received by NOCs, prompting discussions on how to strengthen the SEA Games and ideas on cross-NOCs collaboration.
Mr Khin Maung Lwin, Joint Secretary-General of Myanmar Olympic Committee, fresh from organising the 2013 edition of the SEA Games, shared a presentation reviewing and analysing the organisation and participation of nations. Leading sports marketing and broadcast rights agency, Dentsu Sports Asia, was also invited to give an insight on sports marketing and the commercial opportunities available for the regional games.
The second SEAGF Congress concluded with consensus from all NOCs on a summary recommendation which will be presented to the SEAGF Council for endorsement.