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: กีฬาแห่ง เอเชียตะวันออกเฉียงใต้ 2007, translit. Kila haeng echeiy tawan oak cheing tai 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 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 at the 80th Birthday Stadium.

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.


Host city[edit]

Singapore was due to host the 2007 Southeast Asian Games, but it withdrew from hosting to demolish and rebuild its national stadium. A general assembly of the SEA Games Federation Council during the 2003 Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam approved Thailand's hosting of the games.[4]

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.

2007 Southeast Asian Games is located in Thailand
Nakhon Ratchasima
Nakhon Ratchasima
2007 Southeast Asian Games host cities


Most of the games will be held in the $65 million sports complex on Pakthongchai Road in Nakhon Ratchasima.[5] 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 and 16 tennis court facilities which are among the other facilities finished on June 2007.[6]

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", Korat cat, the official mascot of the 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.[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. As a mascot it 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 its name "Can" was given by an eight-year-old girl, Piyathida Sreewimon.[8]


Four songs were composed for the games including Rhythm of The Winner, the theme song of the games. The other songs are: We are The Water, Friendship Card and Korat SEA Games.[9]


The games[edit]

Opening ceremony.

Opening ceremony[edit]

The opening ceremony which divided into eight segments was held on 6 December 2007 at 19:00 (TST) at the 80th birthday stadium. Thai audiences clad in mostly pink and yellow as symbol of loyalty to the king, packed the stadium hours before the ceremony starts. After the Thai royal family entered the stadium, the royal anthem is first played followed by the Thai National Anthem when the national flag of Thailand was raised. The ceremony began with the first segment entitled “The Amazing Great King”, a 10-minute tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, then the longest reigning monarch in the world at that time. This was followed by second and third segment named “The Amazing E-Saan Wonder” and “The Amazing Glorious City” respectively, highlighting the history and culture of the Isan (northeast) region and its main city, Korat which were accompanied by a dazzling laser display and incorporated replicas of colourful ancient temples and gigantic dragon boats.

After that, the fourth segment “The Amazing Sport Ceremony” was held began with the parade of the contingents from the 11 participating nations. The Thai contingent, the largest contingent among the participating nations received the warmest welcome from the audiences when they enter the stadium. After the athletes and officials had assembled on the field, Thai Sports Minister Suvit Yodmani, the Games organising chairman, delivered his speech and the Games was then officially opened by the Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. It was followed by the raising of the Games flag and the oath-taking ceremony in which Suebsak Pansueb took the oath on behalf of the athletes and Paibul Srichaisawat on behalf of the judges. Later during “The Amazing Royal Flame”, the fifth segment of the ceremony, a group of athletes passes the flame during the torch relay one after another before the Thai female weightlifter cum gold medalist at the Athens Olympics, Udomporn Polsak lit the Games cauldron.

The ceremony concludes with “The Amazing Spirit”, “The Amazing Friendship” and “The Amazing Celebrations” segments which were performed by more than 8,000 students from 35 learning institutions. The segments were held in accordance with the Games' tagline of 'Spirit, Friendship and Celebrations'.[11][12]

Closing ceremony[edit]

The closing ceremony which was divided into seven segments was held on 15 December 2007 at 19:00 (TST) at the 80th birthday stadium and was preceded by a pre-ceremony song and dance performance entitled “A Message from the Heart”, the arrival of the Thai Prime Minister and other dignitaries. The ceremony began with a four-minute “The Creation of Spirit” segment, a musical sketch showcasing Thailand’s rich traditional culture. This was followed by “The Creation of Friendship” and “The Creation of Celebrations” segment, the two musical performances by school students who formed ‘human formations’ in the middle of the field. Later, “The Creation of Sport Ceremony” segment was held with the contingents from the 11 participating nations marched into the stadium to the folk music of respective nations as the fireworks lit up the skies.

After the athletes and officials assembled at the stadium, Thai Prime Minister Gen Surayud Chulanont gave his speech and declared the games closed. Prime Minister Surayud then entitled Swimmers Miguel Molina of the Philippines and Natthanan Junkajang of Thailand as the Most Valuable Athletes of the Games. With Thai national flag and the Games flag lowered, the SEA Games responsibility was handed over to Laos, host of the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in which the Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, Somsavat Lengsavad received the games flag as its symbol. A Laos segment performance was performed by Lao dancers with their traditional performances.

During “The Creation of Hope” segment, The flame of the cauldron was extinguished, symbolised the end of the games. The ceremony concluded with two Thai farewell segment performances namely “The Creation of Live World” and “The Creation of Happiness and Prosperity”.[13]

Participating nations[edit]

Around 5282 athletes participated at the games.


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).[14][15][16] The 24th edition of the games had the highest number of sporting events in the entire history of the SEAG at that time, 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.


OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
November / December 27
Gold medal events
Ceremonies OC CC
Archery 4 4 8
Athletics 9 11 4 9 12 45
Badminton 2 5 7
Baseball 1 1
Basketball 2 2
Billiards and snooker 1 1 3 3 2 1 2 13
Bowling 2 2 2 2 2 1 11
Boxing 7 10 17
Canoeing 5 7 12
Cycling 2 2 2 3 5 3 2 19

Medal table[edit]

A total of 1542 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.[17][18]


  *   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


  • TV1 (known as RTM1 at that time)[19]

Concerns and controversies[edit]

  • Two thai athletes, Surathep Wisawathiron and Panaporn Kosol were ousted from the games after they were tested positive for doping.[20][21][22]
  • Malaysia withdrew from all Sepak Takraw events after they disapproved of the use of a new rubber ball, resulting in Thailand winning several Sepak Takraw events.[23]
  • Several cases of biased judging occurs during the taekwondo and boxing events, affected all competitors from the Philippines except for Larry Semilano, who defeated Non Boonjumnong in the Taekwondo event to win the gold medal.[24][25][26][27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ HOME PAGE - SEA Games 2007 Information Center Nakhon Ratchasima THAILAND Archived 13 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Bangkok competitions map Archived 17 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Chonburi competitions map Archived 24 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Thailand to host SEA Games in 2007". 
  5. ^ Organizing committee reports sports stadium ready for the Games Archived 13 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Venues construction updates Archived 9 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "SEA GAMES Mascot available for sale on Aug 11". Archived from the original on 6 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "SEA Games mascot, emblem unveiled". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Songs SEA Games 2007 Songs
  10. ^ "Official Website of the games". 31 December 2007. Archived from the original on 31 December 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "SEA Games open with glittering show of light, music and dance". The Star. 7 December 2007. 
  12. ^ "24th Sea Games Opens With Jubilant Ceremony". Pattaya Daily News. 7 December 2007. 
  13. ^ "Almost two weeks of action comes to a close in colourful ceremony". The Star. 16 December 2007. 
  14. ^ SEA Games list of sports by the Korat Post Archived 4 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Complete Schedule
  16. ^ Events and medals
  17. ^ "24th SEA games Website of OCA". 31 December 2007. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "2009 SEA Games to reduce number of Olympic sports". New York Times. Archived from the original on 5 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "RTM1 programme list". Utusan Malaysia. 14 December 2007. 
  20. ^ Thai field hockey prayer tests positive in Southeast Asian Games doping test
  21. ^ "SEA Games ends with hosts Thailand topping medal table". Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. 
  22. ^ Thai pair kicked out of SEA Games after failed drugs tests
  23. ^ Thailand sweeps gold in sepak takraw at SEA Games
  24. ^ GMA News relates 'unfair' loss of RP jin at SEA Games taekwondo
  25. ^ SEA Games: Boxing chaos mars Thai gold success
  26. ^ RP boxers forfeit golds in walkout at SEA Games
  27. ^ RP boxers' forfeiture of final matches stirs up SEA Games

External links[edit]

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