1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

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3rd Southeast Asian Peninsular Games
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Host city Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nations participating 7
Events 14 sports
Opening ceremony 14 December 1965
Closing ceremony 21 December 1965
Officially opened by Ismail Nasiruddin of Terengganu
King of Malaysia
Ceremony venue Stadium Merdeka
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The 1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games officially known as the 3rd Southeast Asian Peninsular Games was a multi-sport event held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 14 - 21 December 1965 with 14 sports featured in the games. Originally to be hosted by Laos, the third edition of the games was hosted by Malaysia after the former was not able to honour its hosting commitment citing financial difficulties and would later known to have hosted the 2009 Southeast Asian Games decades later. Two years earlier, the third SEAP Games was cancelled as Cambodia pulled out of hosting the event due to internal strife.

Hence, this was the first time Malaysia host the games. Malaysia is the third country to host the Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, then known as the Southeast Asian Games.

The final medal tally was led by Thailand followed by host Malaysia and Singapore. Several games records were broken during the games. The games was deemed generally successful, with the standard of competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.[1]

The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]


Medal table[edit]

A total of 400 medals comprising 135 Gold medals, 132 Silver medals and 133 Bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The Host Malaysia's performance was their best overall at that time and was second only to Thailand as overall champion.[2]


  *   Host nation (Malaysia)

1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games medal table
 Rank  NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA) 38 33 35 106
2  Malaysia (MAS)* 33 36 29 98
3  Singapore (SIN) 26 23 27 76
4  Burma (BIR) 18 14 16 48
5  Cambodia (CAM) 15 19 17 51
6  Vietnam (VIE) 5 7 7 19
7  Laos (LAO) 0 0 2 2
Total (7 NOCs) 135 132 133 400


  1. ^ Percy Seneviratne (1993) Golden Moments: the S.E.A Games 1959-1991 Dominie Press, Singapore ISBN 981-00-4597-2
  2. ^ "Medal Tally". 

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Preceded by
Rangoon, Burma
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by
Bangkok, Thailand