Myanmar welcomes SEA Games to new capital
10 Dec 2013
Naypyitaw, Myanmar: After a break of 44 years, Myanmar will play host to one of the biggest regional sports festivals in the Olympic Movement when the 27th SEA Games opens in the new capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday, December 11.
Featuring 11 National Olympic Committees from the South East Asia zone of the OCA, the SEA Games will take place at Naypyitaw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach. They will close on December 22.
“With the support of our ASEAN friends, Myanmar has the opportunity to host the Games again after 44 years,” says the greeting on the official website.
“Myanmar was the host for the 2nd SEAP (South East Asia Peninsula) Games in 1961 and the 5th SEAP Games in 1969. 2013 is a remarkable year for Myanmar as the main venue for the Games will be at her new state capital Naypyitaw for the first time.”
Wunna Theikdi Stadium, the biggest stadium in the country, will stage the opening and closing ceremonies and most of the major events will be held in Naypyitaw sports facilities.
In Yangon the venues are at Thuwana National Sports Complex, Aung San Stadium, MCC, Theinphyu Stadium, NIS (1) and North Dagon Shooting Range. Aung San Stadium is the oldest National Stadium and hosted the two SEAP Games.
A beautiful white sand beach in Ngwe Saung, about four hours drive from Yangon, will co-host the water sports and sailing.
Mandalay, the cultural capital of Myanmar, will also co-host the Games at Bahtoo Stadium.
There will be 34 sports event, and the theme for this year’s SEA Game is Green, Clean and Friendship.
H.E.Tint Hsan, President, Myanmar SEA Games Organising Committee, commented: “We truly hope to deliver each sport at the highest level possible for the best athletes of the participating countries to display their talents. We will try our very best to fulfill all our obligations to the SEA Games Federation.”