2009 Southeast Asian Games

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25th Southeast Asian Games
SEA Games 2009 Logo.png
Motto: "Generosity Amity Healthy Lifestyle"
Nations participating 11
Events 25 sports
Opening ceremony December 9
Closing ceremony December 18
Officially opened by Choummaly Sayasone
President of Laos
Athlete's Oath Mayuly Phanouvong
Ceremony venue New Laos National Stadium

The 25th Southeast Asian Games was held in Vientiane, Laos, in December 2009.

This was the first time Laos had held the Southeast Asian Games (Laos had previously declined hosting the 1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games citing financial difficulties). It has also commemorated the 50 years of the SEA Games .

A number of competitions started prior to the opening ceremony on 9 December, including the football, water polo, pencak silat and table tennis competitions. The first gold medal of the 2009 Games was awarded to a team representing Singapore, who won their 23rd consecutive water polo tournament in the history of the Games.[1]

Organisation[edit]

Venues[edit]

Vientiane

New National Sport Complex

  • New Laos National Stadium (ceremony, athletics, football) – 25,000 seat capacity.
  • Aquatics stadium (aquatics, finswimming) – 2,000 seat capacity.
  • Archery range (archery)
  • Gymnasium Tanggo Buntung (badminton) – 3,000 seat capacity.
  • Gymnasium Pahoman (volleyball) – 3,000 seat capacity.
  • SEA Games golf course (golf)
  • Shooting range (shooting) – 50 seat capacity.
  • Tennis court (tennis) – 2,000 seat capacity.

Laos National University

  • Olympia Gymnasium (boxing)
  • Convention hall (table tennis)
  • Booyong Gymnasium (taekwondo, wrestling)
  • Petanque court (petanque)
  • Athletics village

Other venues

  • Donchan Palace Hotel (billiards and snooker)
  • Chao Anu Vong Stadium (football)
  • Chao Anu Vong Gymnasium (judo, karate)
  • LAO International Trade Exhibition and Convention Centre-ITECC (pencak silat, sepak takraw, wushu)
  • Tad Sone (cycling)
  • Pornsawan School (weightlifting)
  • LAO-THAI Gymnasium (muay)
  • Beung Kha Nong Gymnasium (shuttle cock)

Mascots[edit]

Champa and Champi, the Games mascots

The mascots for the 2009 SEA Games are two white elephants dressed in traditional Lao attire. The male elephant is named Champa and the female elephant is named Champi. The two white elephants symbolize Laos as it was known as the kingdom of Lan Xang in ancient times, which literally means "the kingdom of a million elephants" when translated into English. The mascots are depicted as being cheerful, which is an important part in making sports competitions joyful and lively.[2][3]

Calendar[edit]

 ●  Opening ceremony  ●  Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
December 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 18th Total
Gold
Medals
Ceremonies
Aquatics - Diving 2 2 2 2 8
Aquatics - Swimming 7 6 7 6 6 32
Aquatics - Water Polo 1 1
Archery 4 4 8
Athletics 10 9 6 9 11 45
Badminton 2 5 7
Billiards & Snooker 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 10
Boxing 5 10 15
Cycling (Road) 2 2 4
Cycling (Mountain Bike) 2 2 4
Finswimming 5 6 5 16
Football 1 1 2
Golf 4 4
Judo 4 7 7 18
Karatedo 4 7 6 17
Muay 6 7 13
Pencak silat 2 1 14 17
Pétanque 2 2 3 2 2 11
Sepak takraw 2 2 2 2 8
Shooting 6 6 4 4 4 4 2 2 2 34
Shuttlecock 2 3 2 7
Table tennis 2 1 2 2 7
Taekwondo 5 6 6 4 21
Tennis 2 3 2 7
Volleyball (Beach) 2 2
Volleyball (Indoor) 1 1 2
Weightlifting 3 3 3 4 13
Wrestling 7 4 7 18
Wushu 4 2 4 11 21
Total gold medals 1 7 31 35 34 39 41 47 48 81 8 372

Games[edit]

Opening and closing ceremonies[edit]

The opening and closing ceremonies of the 2009 Sea Games reflected much of the culture of the host nation Laos, showing spectacular traditional and modern dances.

Sports[edit]

Because of the limited sports facilities in Vientiane and Laos' lack of a coastline, only 28 disciplines featured in the programme, compared to 43 held in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand. Among the Olympic sports removed from the Games were baseball, canoeing, sailing, gymnastics, hockey, rowing, fencing, triathlon, equestrian, softball and basketball.[4]

Key
¹ – non-Olympic sports
ʰ – sports absent from previous edition and reintroduced by the host country

Medal table[edit]

The following table lists the final medal tally at the end of all events:[5]

      Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA) 86 83 97 266
2  Vietnam (VIE) 83 75 57 215
3  Indonesia (INA) 43 53 74 170
4  Malaysia (MAS) 40 40 59 139
5  Philippines (PHI) 38 35 51 124
6  Singapore (SIN) 33 30 35 98
7  Laos (LAO) 33 25 52 110
8  Myanmar (MYA) 12 22 37 71
9  Cambodia (CAM) 3 10 27 40
10  Brunei (BRU) 1 1 8 10
11  Timor-Leste (TLS) 0 0 3 3
Total 372 374 500 1246

Criticisms and legacy[edit]

Prior to the games, the Laotian organizing committee was criticized for reducing the number of sports. This had been done partly because Laos has no coastline (rendering sailing, windsurfing and triathlon infeasible), and a general lack of sporting facilities in Vientiane.[4] The inclusion of a number of Olympic sports, previously uncontested at the SEA Games, were interpreted as a bid for greater coverage of the Games in Laos. Some critics[who?] stated that Laos specifically selected games in which they had a better chance of winning gold medals. The decision to remove basketball from the programme was an unpopular one.[citation needed]

Many countries, including the Philippines – the defending champions for the men's division – offered to help to host the Games but Laos rejected these offers.[citation needed] Laos accepted funding from China, Japan, Vietnam and the ASEAN nations in order to construct the appropriate sports facilities.[6] Although prior criticisms had been levelled over the reduced programme and financing of facilities, upon commencement, the Games received a largely positive reaction from the other competing nations. The Games were considered a success for Laos, one of the poorest countries in the world, and a nation which had only sent four athletes to the 2008 Olympic Games.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Singh, Patwant (2009-12-07). SEA Games: Singapore's water polo team secures first gold medal. Channelnewsasia. Retrieved on 2009-12-20.
  2. ^ 25th Southeast Asian Games Information : Mascots. 2009 Southeast Asian Games. Retrieved on 2009-12-20.
  3. ^ Laos reveals the official mascot for the 25th Sea Games 2009. Laoupdate (2007-12-15). Retrieved on 2009-12-20.
  4. ^ a b Lines, Chris (2007-12-16). 2009 SEA Games to reduce number of Olympic sports. New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-20.
  5. ^ Results & Medal Tally. 2009 Southeast Asian Games. Retrieved on 2009-12-20.
  6. ^ 25th SEA Games to feature 25 sports. VietnamNet Bridge (2007-12-16). Retrieved on 2007-12-17.
  7. ^ Gray, Denis D. (2009-12-16) Laos wins rave reviews for SEA Games. Yahoo/AP. Retrieved on 2009-12-20.

External links[edit]


Preceded by
2007
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by
2011
Jakarta & Palembang, Indonesia