2017 Southeast Asian Games
|Host city||Kuala Lumpur|
(Malay: Bangkit Bersama)
|Opening ceremony||19 August 2017|
|Closing ceremony||30 August 2017|
|Officially opened by||King Muhammad
Yang Di-Pertuan Agong
|Main venue||Bukit Jalil National Stadium|
|Website||2017 Southeast Asian Games|
The 2017 Southeast Asian Games (Malay: Sukan Asia Tenggara 2017), officially known as the 29th Southeast Asian Games (Malay: Sukan Asia Tenggara ke-29) and commonly known as Kuala Lumpur 2017 is a Southeast Asian multi-sport event that will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 19 to 30 August 2017, with 405 events in 38 sports to be featured in the games. This will be the sixth time Malaysia host the games and its first time since 2001. Previously, it also hosted the 1965 games, 1971 games, 1977 games and the 1989 games.
- 1 Organisation
- 2 Marketing
- 3 The games
- 4 Broadcasting
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In July 2012, the SEAGF meeting in Myanmar confirmed that Malaysia would host the regional biennial event in 2017, should there be no other country willing to bid for the host job. Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Sieh Kok Chi, who attended the meeting, said that Myanmar would host the Games in 2013, followed by Singapore in 2015. Then it should be Brunei's turn but it wanted to host the 2019 Games instead of the 2017 edition. Malaysia is willing to be the host for the 2017 Games.
Development and preparation
The Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) was formed in 2015 to oversee the staging of the event.
The 2017 Southeast Asian Games will be organised across several states in Malaysia. All the existing venues in Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex were upgraded while a new velodrome, costed MYR 80 million was built in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan to host track cycling events and was completed on late March 2017 and opened on 26 May 2017. Initially, Sabah and Sarawak was considered a number of events contested. However, the Chief Executive Officer of 2017 SEA Games, Zolkples Embong has decided not to involve the East Malaysian states, citing "a higher cost" as the main reason for not involving.
More than RM1.6 billion has been allocated by the host country to turn the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, and its surrounding areas into a Sports City. The first phase of the work will get the Bukit Jalil National Stadium ready to host the 2017 Southeast Asia Games.
- List of 2017 SEA Games Venues 
|National Sports Complex, Malaysia|
|National Aquatic Centre||Aquatics (Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water polo)|
|National Sports Centre||Archery|
|Bukit Jalil National Stadium||Athletics, Football|
|Putra Indoor Stadium||Badminton|
|National Hockey Centre||Field Hockey|
|National Squash Centre||Squash|
|Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre||Billiards and snooker, Judo, Karate, Pencak silat, Taekwondo, Wushu|
|Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre||Boxing, Fencing, Gymnastics, Netball, Indoor Hockey, Muay, Weightlifting, Table Tennis|
|Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium||Football|
|University of Malaya||Football|
|Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam||Football|
|Shah Alam Stadium||Football|
|Kinrara Oval, Puchong||Cricket|
|3Q Equestrian Park Rawang||Equestrian (Dressage, Show Jumping)|
|Putrajaya||Cycling Road, Athletics (Marathon)|
|Putrajaya Equestrian Park||Equestrian (Polo)|
|Nilai Velodrome and BMX Circuit||Cycling Track, BMX|
|Nilai Square||Cycling Road|
|Terengganu International Equestrian Park||Equestrian (Endurance)|
|The Mines Resort City Golf Club||Golf|
|Empire City, Mutiara Damansara||Ice Hockey, Ice Skating|
|National Lawn Bowls Centre||Lawn Bowls|
|Bukit Kiara Sports Complex||Netball|
|Pudu Ulu Recreational Park, Kuala Lumpur||Pentanque|
|MBPJ Stadium||Rugby 7s|
|National Sailing Centre, Langkawi||Sailing|
|Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium||Sepak takraw|
|National Shooting Range||Shooting|
|National Tennis Centre, Jalan Duta||Tennis|
|Megalanes, Sunway Pyramid||Bowling|
|Putrajaya Lake||Triathlon, Water Skiing, Aquatics (Open water swimming)|
|Badminton Stadium Cheras||Volleyball|
|Panasonic Stadium Shah Alam||Futsal|
The organisers estimated that about 20,000 volunteers are needed to successfully host the SEA games and the ASEAN Para Games. Volunteer recruitment began on 14 November 2015, the same date as the launch party of the games logo, theme and mascot. In less than 48 hours, more than 20,000 have signed up as volunteers who will be shortlisted for a variety of duties, ranging from scorekeeping, crowd control, ticketing, promotions and many more. The first phase of the Games Volunteer Program was held at the National University of Malaysia in Bangi and as of 16 February 2017, more than 3000 volunteers have undergone training. The second phase of the training was held in April while the third and final phase of the training is currently ongoing with 2000 volunteers selected for the task of the opening and closing ceremony.
During the closing ceremony of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, the SEAGF Flag was formally handed over to Malaysia from Singapore. This was followed by a song and dance section highlighting Malaysia as the next venue. On 14 November 2015, a launch party was held at the Suria KLCC to launch the logo, mascot and the volunteer recruitment programme.
On 19 August 2016, a series of festivities, dubbed the "Wau Factor" were held at the National Sports Council Centre in Setiawangsa, to mark the one-year countdown to the games. From 2 March to 20 May 2017 Malaysia SEA Games organising committee organised a school tour programme dubbed the KL2017@Schools programme at 33 selected schools across Peninsular Malaysia to instill awareness about the games amongst the school students.
On 9 May 2017, Malaysia SEA Games Organising committee organised a major countdown event at KL Sentral to mark the 100-day countdown in a few days which was attended by athletes, officials, Para athletes, stakeholders, sponsors and volunteers. On the day of the opening ceremony, a fun run dubbed the 2017 SEA Games Run was held in Putrajaya in conjunction with the Games marathon event.
The medals of the games were designed by Royal Selangor, which is also the designer company for the torch and the baton. They were announced on 30 May 2017, the same day Royal Selangor announced as one of the games main sponsor which made MASOC's sponsorship total RM82.6 million, exceeded its sponsorship target of RM80 million. The medals have subtle curved surfaces, rims and edges, and are made of pewter with a disc of kempas wood integrated into the design. They featured the Southeast Asian Games Federation logo on the obverse, and the games logo on the reverse.
Sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin in 2013 had hoped the cost of hosting the games would not exceed MYR80 million (USD18 million). But in 2016, The minister the government budgeted the cost to not exceed MYR500 million while during the 2017 budget, the prime minister, who was also the finance minister, announced a RM450 million budget for hosting the games.
The games baton relay dubbed the Rising Together Baton Run, is the first of its kind in the history of Southeast Asian Games. It covered a distance of 10 kilometers on average in the 10 capital cities of the Southeast Asian Region countries, excluding the host country, passing through the landmarks of each countries' capital city. The baton relay began with Brunei on 5 March 2017, followed by the Philippines on 12 March, Laos on 18 March, Myanmar on 25 March, Thailand on 1 April, Vietnam on 9 April, Timor-Leste on 17 April, Cambodia on 22 April and Indonesia on 30 April and ended with Singapore on 13 May 2017. The games baton was designed by Royal Selangor which sold the baton to the public at MYR 1480 and its design was inspired by the games' theme, rising together. Its' design depicts shards that represent every Southeast Asia nation and make up the Games' logo and a triangular cross section based on the geometric shape that represents strength in unity. Overall, the design of the Baton represents dynamism, confidence and new beginnings and the aspirations of the Southeast Asia community. The baton has a length of 400 mm, a width of 44 mm, weighs approximately 600g and made up of materials which are a stave in kempas, a tawny wood native to Southeast Asia, and a satin-finished pewter finial.
The same day the baton relay ended in Singapore, the torch relay was held across the country began with the state of Johor until 18 May 2017, followed by Malacca from 18 to 21 May 2017, Negeri Sembilan from 22 to 25 May, Labuan from 3 to 4 June, Sabah from 5 to 8 June, Sarawak from 8 to 13 June, Perlis from 15 to 17 June, Kedah from 17 to 20 June, Penang from 3 to 6 July, Perak from 7 to 12 July, Kelantan from 13 to 17 July, Terengganu from 17 to 23 July, Pahang from 24 to 30 July, Selangor from 31 July to 5 August, Putrajaya on 6 August and ended with the host city Kuala Lumpur on 12 August 2017. The games torch has a length of 125 mm, width of 86 mm and a height of 850 mm and weighs 2 kg with fuel and 1.8 kg without fuel. Like the baton, the torch was designed too by Royal Selangor. It has a sleek custom-milled combustion chamber and a triangular cross section which symbolises strength in unity and has the games logo and motto, the SEA Games and the ASEAN Para Games logo enblazoned on it.
"Rising Together" is the theme of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. It was chosen to signify Southeast Asia as a community and a region that has come a long way in making its mark on the global stage and to urge its people that it is time to come together to write the next chapter in collective journey of peace, progress, and prosperity. It also signifies that with Kuala Lumpur 2017 Southeast Asian Games being the first SEA Games after the formation of the ASEAN Community, sports will play a big role in bringing all the citizens of Southeast Asia together in celebrating Malaysians achievements and commitment towards sportsmanship, as well as uplifting and inspiring the entire region.
The logo of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games is an image of a Wau Bulan, a crescent-shaped kite traditionally popular on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The combination of stripes and colours were collated from the flags of all the Southeast Asian countries to create the Kuala Lumpur 2017 identity. It was selected after a nationwide logo competition which saw 174 entries submitted for consideration. The Wau is described as graceful, beautiful, powerful, rising high above and something that could uniquely represent the transcendent power of sports.
The official mascot of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games is an anthropomorphic Malayan tiger named Rimau. It was unveiled on 14 November 2015, together with the games' logo and theme. The name is an abbreviation of the games' core values, namely: Respect, Integrity, Move, Attitude and Unity. He is described as a gracious, friendly, competitive and athletic athlete.
|Platinum Sponsors||Telekom Malaysia, Naza, FBT, Ajinomoto, Petronas|
|Gold Sponsors||Malaysia Airports, AirAsia, Grab|
|Silver Sponsors||100Plus, Milo, SCGM BHD, Prudential, McDonald's, Spritzer, Royal Selangor|
All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF). Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.
A total of 39 sports will be contested in this edition. Five sports including two winter sports will be introduced to the Games – bridge, cricket, ice hockey, ice skating and Tarung Derajat. For the first time, two winter sports were accepted by the South East Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) Council into the SEA Games. Ice skating and ice hockey, together with cricket, were inducted into Category Two joining the other 35 sports which are featured in the Olympic Games and Asian Games. Tarung Derajat and Bridge join 16 other sports in Category Three.
On 16 June 2015, Chief Executive Officer for the 2017 SEA Games, Zolkples Embong said the staging of Olympic sports hopes will be part of the legacy of the SEA Games in Malaysia. He said that while it has always been the norm for host nations to select sports they are geared towards in an attempt to increase their haul of gold medals, the practice is not in line with the goals, which is to groom athletes from the region to compete at the Asian and Olympic Games. He gives an example of 2011 Southeast Asian Games hosted by Indonesia which included many non-Olympic sports and the host played to their advantage by being the overall winners with 182 gold medals. However, Indonesia only won 47 gold medals in 2015 Southeast Asian Games. He added, in terms of the number and type of sports, Malaysia may not include non-Olympic sports like floorball and sailing’s optimist race in 2017.
As of February 2016, the sports of Archery, BMX cycling, Wrestling, Triathlon, Judo, Muaythai, Canoeing, Bodybuilding and Fencing were removed from the preliminary shortlist of the sporting disciplines to be played at the 2017 SEA Games. Also removed from the list are the women's events in boxing, billiards and snooker, sanda, and weightlifting and 8 events in Athletics. National Olympic Committees from the 11 participating countries had until March 9 appealed to reinclude the delisted sports in the shortlist.
On 12 May 2016, a meeting between Olympic Council of Malaysia and Paralympic Council of Malaysia, chaired by sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin was held to propose the merger of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 2017 ASEAN Para Games into a single games which if approved will integrate the para sports into the games' main programme. The same topic was also discussed at the Asean Para Sports Federation Board of Governors meeting on 7 June 2016. By 14 July, the proposal has been rejected by SEA Games Federation (SEAGF) Council, with 9 member countries have opposed the proposal while only two (Malaysia and Laos) agreed, citing the reason for the rejection was due to the tradition and culture that has long been maintained by SEAGF.
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- Singapore: Singtel TV and StarHub TV
- Brunei: RTB and Kristal-Astro (Astro Arena)
- Indonesia: MNC Media (MNCTV, RCTI)
- Philippines: To be announced; Bidding broadcasters: ABS-CBN, TV5, and PTV
- Thailand: Thai TV Pool
- Myanmar: Myanmar Radio and Television
- Cambodia: National Radio and Television of Kampuchea
- Laos: Laos Radio Television
- Vietnam: Vietnam Television
- East Timor: Radio-Televisão Timor Leste
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