South East Asian NOCs in Singapore for the 28th SEA Games

Members of the South East Asian Games NOCs in Singapore for the SEA Games Federation Meeting and 28th SEA Games. (Photo courtesy of SINGSOC)

05 Jun 2015

  • Five sports including two winter sports introduced to the SEA Games – bridge, cricket, ice hockey, ice skating and Tarung Derajat.
  • Mr Teo Chee Hean (Singapore) and Mr Khin Maung Lwin (Myanmar) appointed as Honorary Life President and Honorary Member respectively
  • Brunei NOC relinquished hosting privileges for 2019 SEA Games, Philippines NOC expresses interest to take over
  • 2017 SEA Games will take place across three states in Malaysia – Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak – in September 2017

Singapore, 4 June 2015 – Singapore hosted members of the South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) at the annual SEAGF Meeting where delegates met to discuss and decide on issues pertinent to the region’s largest multi-sport event, the South East Asian Games (SEA Games). The meeting attracted delegates from all 11 South East Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to gather at the Raffles City Convention Centre on 3 and 4 June 2015.

Three committees of the SEAGF – Sport and Rules Committee, Medical Committee and Executive Committee – met on 3 June for their respective meetings and put forward the following recommendations for the SEAGF Council’s endorsement.

For the first time, two winter sports were accepted by the Council into the SEA Games. Ice skating and ice hockey, together with cricket, were inducted into Category Two joining the other 35 sports which are featured in the Olympic Games and Asian Games. Tarung Derajat and Bridge join 16 other sports in Category Three.

The SEAGF Council also welcomed the applications for Mr Teo Chee Hean (Singapore) as Honorary Life President. Mr Teo, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, served the Olympic movement and Singapore National Olympic Council from 1994 to 2014, first as Vice-President then as the President for 16 years. Mr Khin Maung Lwin from Myanmar was conferred the Honorary Member status. Mr Khin serves on the Myanmar Olympic Committee as joint Secretary-General and was instrumental in delivering a successful 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar.

The Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council informed the SEAGF that they are not ready to host the 2019 SEA Games and would like to relinquish their host status for the 30th SEA Games. The Philippines NOC registered their interest to host the 2019 SEA Games and would like to explore this opportunity further.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia presented the preliminary plans for the 2017 SEA Games to the SEAGF Council. The 2017 SEA Games will be organised across three states in Malaysia – Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak – in September 2017.

“Singapore is very pleased and excited to host the 28th SEA Games after a 22-year wait. The Games coincides with Singapore’s 50th anniversary and Singaporeans are very excited to be part of the Games and welcome our region’s best athletes to compete here. We are grateful to our fellow NOC friends who have stepped in to help us to host the Games in 2007, 2011 and 2013 while we built the Singapore Sports Hub. We also appreciate our NOC friends’ support in fielding their athletes in all 402 events in 36 sports at the 28th SEA Games. We hope our South East Asian Federation family will enjoy the hospitality of Singapore and wish their teams and athletes all the best at the Games,” said Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, President of the SEA Games Federation and President of Singapore National Olympic Council.