2007 Southeast Asian Games

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24th Southeast Asian Games
SEA Games 2007 Logo.png
Host city Nakhon Ratchasima
Country Thailand
Motto Spirit, Friendship and Celebrations
Nations participating 11[1]
Athletes participating 5282
Events 475
Sports 43
Opening ceremony 6 December 2007
Closing ceremony 15 December 2007
Officially opened by Vajiralongkorn
Crown Prince of Thailand
Athlete's Oath Suebsak Pansueb
Judge's Oath Paibul Srichaisawat
Torch lighter Udomporn Polsak
Ceremony venue 80th Birthday Stadium
Website 2007 Southeast Asian Games
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The 2007 Southeast Asian Games (Thai: ซีเกมส์ 2007, translit. Sīkems̄̒ 2007), officially known as the 24th Southeast Asian Games was a Southeast Asian multi-sport event held in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand. This was the sixth time Thailand hosted the Southeast Asian Games and its first time since 1995. Previously, Thailand also hosted the 1959 inaugural games, 1967 games, 1975 games and the 1985 games. Around 5282 athletes from 11 participating nations participated at the games which featured 475 events in 43 sports.

The Thai Olympic Committee planned the event to coincide with the commemoration of 80th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was also the gold medalist of the sailing event at the 1967 games. The 2007 games were to be hosted in Singapore, but the city-state gave up the chance in 2004 as the National Stadium was slated for demolition around that time to build the Singapore Sports Hub. The games was held from from 6 to 15 December 2007 although several events had commenced from 27 November 2007. Aside from Nakhon Ratchasima, events were held at Bangkok[2] and at Chonburi.[3] The games was opened and closed by Prince Vajiralongkorn, the Crown Prince of Thailand.

The final medal tally was led by host Thailand, followed by Malaysia and Vietnam. Several Asian, Games and National records were broken during the games. Though there were several controversies, the games were deemed generally successful with the rising standards of competition amongst the Southeast Asian Nations.


Development and preparation[edit]

On 24 February 2006, northeast Thailand's Nakhon Ratchasima Province authorities met to discuss the 2007 SEA Games schedule, and progress on the province's under-construction US$65 million sports complex. Presided over by governor Somboon Ngamlak, the meeting provided an overview of facilities, and ended with reassurances that facilities would be ready for SEA Games in 2007.


Most of the games will be held in the $65 million sports complex on Pakthongchai Road in Nakhon Ratchasima.[4] The sports complex holds the 20,000-seater His Majesty the King's 80th Birthday Anniversary, 5th December 2007 Sports Complex. The sports complex also includes a 5,000-seater indoor stadium, 16 tennis court facilities, among other facilities scheduled to be finished on June 2007.[5]

Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat)

His Majesty the King's 80th Anniversary Birthday Anniversary Stadium (5 December 2007)

  • 5th December Stadium (Opening and Closing Ceremony, Athletics, Football)
  • Aquatic Centre (Diving, Swimming, Water Polo)
  • Beach Volleyball Stadium (Volleyball)
  • Gymnasium 1 (Gymnastic)
  • Gymnasium 2 (Volleyball)
  • Tennis Court (Tennis)
  • Velodrome (Cycling)

Suranaree University of Technology

  • Football Field 2 (Archery)
  • Keelapirom Gymnasium (Basketball)
  • National Synchrotron Research Centre (Fencing)
  • Petanque Court (Petanque)
  • Student Resident (Athlete Village)
  • Surapala Keetha Sathan Stadium (Football)
  • Suraphat 2 Building (IBC, MPC)

Other Venue

  • Amphoe Pak Thong Chai Sport Complex (Boxing, Football)
  • Bonanza Golf and Country Club (Golf)
  • Chanapolkhan Institute of Technology (Karate, Wushu)
  • Khao Yai Thiang (Cycling)
  • Klang Plaza Jomsurang Department Store (Table Tennis)
  • Mittraphap Road (Cycling)
  • Central stadium, Nakhon Ratchasima (Football, Muay Thai)
  • Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (Body Building, Softball)
  • Nakhon Ratchasima Vocational College (Weightlifting)
  • Rajamangala University of Technology Isan (Judo, Wrestling)
  • Sima Thani Hotel (Billiards and Snooker)
  • Sung Noen Municipality Hall (Pencak Silat)
  • Suranaree Camp (Rugby union)
  • The Mall Department Store (Sepak Takraw)
  • Wongchawalitkul University (Badminton, Dance Sport and Taekwondo)
  • National Sport Complex (Handball)
  • Queen Sirikit Sport Centre (Baseball, Hockey, Lawn Bowl)
  • Ratchaphruek Club (Squash)
  • SF Strike Bowl (Bowling)
  • Sport Authority of Thailand Sport Complex (Futsal, Shooting)
  • VR Sport Club (Polo)
Chon Buri
  • Ambassador City Jomtien (Triathlon)
  • Horseshoe Point (Equestrian)
  • Map Prachan Reservoir (Canoe-Kayak, Rowing, Traditional Boat Race)
  • Ocean Marina Yacht Club (Sailing)
  • Thai Polo Club (Equestrian)



"Can", the official mascot of the 2007 Southeast Asian Games

The logo of the 2007 Southeast Asian games is an image of row of three sailing boats representing the 40th anniversary His Majesty the King, Bhumibol Adulyadej won a gold medal in a sailing competition in the 1967 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games. The red represents the "spirit" of the Games, the blue represents the "dynamism" of the Games and the yellow represents the "hope" the Games brings to the athletes and people of ASEAN. The Southeast Asian Games Federation logo, the 10-circle chain represents the 10 member nations, excluding Timor-Leste and the Southeast Asian Games itself.


The mascot of the 2007 SEA Games is a Korat cat named Can.[6] The cat wears "Pha Khao Ma", a traditional Thai loincloth, and plays the khaen, a Northeastern-style mouth organ. The mascot was created by Sa-ard Jomnagrm and was named "Can" by an eight-year-old girl, Piyathida Sreewimon.[7]

The Korat cat is a slate blue-grey shorthair domestic cat with a small to medium build and a low percentage of body fat. It is one of the oldest stable cat breeds in Thailand and named after the Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) province.


Four theme songs were composed for the games namely, Rhythm of The Winner, We are The Water, Friendship Card and Korat SEA Games.[8]


The games[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

Country Athletes Officials
IOC Code Name Men Women Total Men Women Total
BRU Brunei Brunei 51 10 61 44 2 46
CAM Cambodia Cambodia 161 71 232 64 4 68
INA Indonesia Indonesia 369 205 574 160 28 188
LAO Laos Laos 246 168 414 186 35 221
MAS Malaysia Malaysia 494 326 820 239 55 294
MYA Myanmar Myanmar 292 214 506 156 35 191
PHI Philippines Philippines 373 247 620 143 32 175
SIN Singapore Singapore 262 180 442 165 51 216
THA Thailand Thailand 540 442 982 342 65 407
TLS East Timor Timor Leste 7 - 7 8 - 8
VIE Vietnam Vietnam 331 293 624 152 17 169
Total 3126 2156 5282 1659 324 1983


Indonesia plays against Thailand in SEA Games Polo 2007

The 2007 SEAG featured 475 events in 43 sports and also 2 demonstration sports (i.e. Go and Kempo).[10] The 24th edition of the games will have the highest number of sporting events in the entire history of the SEAG, more events than the Asian Games and the Olympic Games.

¹ - not an official Olympic Sport
² - sport played only in the SEAG
³ - not a traditional Olympic nor SEAG Sport and introduced only by the host country.
° - a former official Olympic Sport, not applied in previous host countries and was introduced only by the host country.

Medal table[edit]

A total of 1,542 medals, comprising 477 gold medals, 470 silver medals, and 595 bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The Host Thailand performance was their best ever yet in Southeast Asian Games history and emerged as overall champion of the games.[11]


  *   Host nation (Thailand)

2007 Southeast Asian Games medal table
 Rank  NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Thailand (THA)* 183 123 103 409
2  Malaysia (MAS) 68 52 96 216
3  Vietnam (VIE) 64 58 82 204
4  Indonesia (INA) 56 64 83 203
5  Singapore (SIN) 43 43 41 127
6  Philippines (PHI) 41 91 96 228
7  Myanmar (MYA) 14 26 47 87
8  Laos (LAO) 5 7 32 44
9  Cambodia (CAM) 2 5 11 18
10  Brunei (BRU) 1 1 4 6
11  Timor-Leste (TLS) 0 0 0 0
Total (11 NOCs) 477 470 595 1542


The Games was broadcast live and uninterrupted in the Philippines, simultaneously by ABC 5, the National Broadcasting Network and the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation. In Singapore, the games was broadcast on Mediacorp Channel 5, in Thailand by Channel 5 and in Vietnam by VTV Channel 3.

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Preceded by
Manila, Philippines
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by
Vientiane, Laos