1991 Southeast Asian Games

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16th Southeast Asian Games
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Host cityManila, Philippines
Nations participating9
Events28 sports
Opening ceremony24 November
Closing ceremony3 December
Officially opened byCorazon Aquino
President of the Philippines
Ceremony venueRizal Memorial Stadium
1989 1993  >

The 1991 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 16th Southeast Asian Games was a multi-sport event held in Manila, the Philippines from 24 November to 3 December 1991 with 28 sports featured in the games. This was the second time the country hosted the games and its first since 1981. It was officially opened by President Corazon Aquino at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila through a colourful opening ceremony. It was the only SEA Games at that time where the overall championship was heavily contested. The deciding medal came from the last sporting event - women's marathon where Indonesia got the gold medal.[1][2]

The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]


Medal table[edit]



  *   Host nation (Philippines)

  *   Host nation (Philippines)

1 Indonesia (INA)928667245
2 Philippines (PHI)*916286239
3 Thailand (THA)728069221
4 Malaysia (MAS)363866140
5 Singapore (SIN)18324595
6 Myanmar (MYA)12162957
7 Vietnam (VIE)7121029
8 Brunei (BRU)0088
9 Laos (LAO)0000
Totals (9 nations)3283263801034

Concerns and controversies[edit]

1991 Southeast Asian Games
Reduction of gold medals

The Philippines should have tallied a total of 91 gold medals but one of the gold medals from boxing was proclaimed unofficial. The said gold medal should have been fought by a Filipino boxer against a Thai boxer but the latter was found positive in the doping tests. The gold medal was, at first, given to the Philippines but after a few days, the SEAG Organizing Committee declared that there will be no gold and silver medalists for the said event in boxing because there was no battle fought.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Philippine Daily Inquirer December 1992 University of the Philippines Main Library: Microfilm Section
  2. ^ Percy Seneviratne (1993) Golden Moments: the S.E.A Games 1959-1991 Dominie Press, Singapore ISBN 981-00-4597-2
  3. ^ "1991 Southeast Asian Games medal table". Olympic Council of Asia.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by