2003 Southeast Asian Games

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22nd Southeast Asian Games
Motto: "United, Co-opperative for Peace and Rising"
Nations participating 11
Athletes participating over 5000
Events 42 sports]
Opening ceremony 5 December 2003
Closing ceremony 13 December 2003
Officially opened by Phan Văn Khải
Vietnamese Prime Minister
Athlete's Oath Nguyễn Mạnh Tường
Torch Lighter Nguyễn Thúy Hiền
Ceremony venue Mỹ Đình National Stadium, Hanoi
2001 2005  >

The 22nd Southeast Asian Games (Vietnamese: Đại hội Thể thao Đông Nam Á 2003) were held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 5–13 December 2003. The games were opened by Vietnamese prime minister Phan Văn Khải in the newly constructed Mỹ Đình National Stadium in Hanoi. The games torch was lit by Nguyen Thuy Hien of Wushu. It was the first time in SEA Games history that the game venues were assigned into two cities namely Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.Timor-Leste (using the name United Nations East Timor) participated for the first time in the Southeast Asian Games.

Medal table[edit]

      Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Vietnam (VIE) 158 97 91 346
2  Thailand (THA) 89 93 98 280
3  Indonesia (INA) 56 68 98 222
4  Philippines (PHI) 49 55 75 179
5  Malaysia (MAS) 43 42 59 144
6  Singapore (SIN) 30 33 50 113
7  Myanmar (MYA) 16 43 50 109
8  Laos (LAO) 1 5 15 21
9  Cambodia (CAM) 1 5 11 17
10  Brunei (BRU) 1 1 8 10
11  Timor-Leste (TLS) 0 0 0 0
Total 444 442 555 1441

Logo and hymn[edit]

Trau Vang, a golden buffalo is the official mascot of the games.

Painter Nguyen Chi Long inspired by the 22nd SEA Games logo is based on a legendary bird named "Chim Lac". The bird decorated the Ngoc Lu bronze drum, a typical antiquity of the ancient Dong Son Vietnamese culture. The Emblem is composed of harmonious and vigorous curves, creating a feeling of movement and strength which conforms to the Olympic Spirit: "Faster, Higher and Stronger". The colourful whirls represent the tough competitiveness in sports.

The 10 intersecting circles, the symbol of the South East Asian Sport Federation, are to emphasise the solidarity, friendship and nobility, which are highly esteemed by Vietnam - the host country of the 22nd SEA Games.

The games' hymn was "For the World of Tomorrow". It was composed by Nguyen Quang Vinh.


Painter Nguyen Thai Hung choose Trâu Vàng, the golden water buffalo as the mascot for the 22nd SEA Games. With a gentle and harmonious nature, the clever Buffalo has become synonymous with the water and rice civilisation that is so important in Vietnam, as well as in other Southeast Asian countries. To Vietnamese people, the Golden Buffalo symbolises a golden harvest, prosperity, happiness, power and the Vietnamese martial spirit.



Venue Sport Capacity Ref
My Dinh National Stadium Athletics, Football 40,192
My Dinh Aquatics Centre Swimming, Diving, Finswimming, Water polo
West Lake Canoeing, Rowing, Dragon boat
Hanoi National Sports Training Centre No. 1 Archery, Shooting
Trịnh Hoài Đức Gymnasium Wushu
Cầu Giấy District Gymnasium Fencing
Quần Ngựa Sports Palace Gymnastics
Gia Lâm Gymnasium Karate
Sóc Sơn Gymnasium Weightlifting
Hai Bà Trưng Gymnasium Sepak takraw
Hoàn Kiếm Lake Cycling

Ho Chi Minh City[edit]

Venue Sport Capacity Ref
Tân Bình Gymnasium Badminton
Army Gymnasium Basketball
Phan Đình Phùng Gymnasium Boxing
Lãnh Bình Thăng Gymnasium Judo
Phú Thọ Gymnasium Taekwondo
Lan Anh Gymnasium Tennis
Nguyễn Du Gymnasium Billiards and Snooker
Bến Thành Theatre Bodybuilding
4th District Gymnasium Chess
Thống Nhất Stadium Football


¹ - not an official Olympic Sport
² - sport played only in the SEA Games
³ - not a traditional Olympic nor SEA Games Sport and introduced only by the host country.

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Preceded by
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by
multiple venues, Philippines