2025 Southeast Asian Games

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XXXIII Southeast Asian Games
Host cityBangkok or Chonburi, Thailand
Nations participating11
Officially opened byKing of Thailand
(expected)
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The 2025 Southeast Asian Games (Thai: ซีเกมส์ 2025, romanizedSī Kēm 2025), officially known as the XXXIII Southeast Asian Games (Thai: ซีเกมส์ ครั้งที่ 33, romanizedSī Kēm Khrang Thī Sām Sip Sām), commonly known as SEA Games 2025, are an upcoming Southeast Asian multi-sport event. It is due to be celebrated in the tradition of the Southeast Asian Games. The event is governed by the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF).

At the August 2017 SEAGF meeting, Thailand was selected as the 2025 venue.[1]

Host selection[edit]

2019 disruption[edit]

On 21 July 2017, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced that it was withdrawing its support for the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games saying that government decided to reallocate funds meant for hosting to the rehabilitation efforts of Marawi which was left devastated following the Marawi crisis.[2]

On 10 August 2017, Maj. Gen. Charouck Arirachakaran, the vice president and secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand (NOCT) stated that Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed on the 2019 Games replacement plan after the Philippine's withdrawal. The candidates were Chiang Mai, Chonburi and Songkhla.[3]

Six days later, the Philippines, through the Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco, confirmed that the country would host the 2019 Games, after Cojuangco wrote Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and appealed for reconsideration.[4]

Candidate cities[edit]

During the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), Kongsak Yodmanee, mentioned that the 2025 Games would be held in one province due to various concerns. He suggested Chonburi Province or Bangkok Special Administrative Area should be chosen. Two cities are co-hosts of 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.[5][6]

First choice:  Bangkok[edit]

Bangkok hosted the 1959 and 1967 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, which were the precursor to the modern Southeast Asian Games, and 1985 Southeast Asian Games. Bangkok hosted global and continental events such as Asian Games and Summer Universiade. Bangkok will host the 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the first 2020s multi-sport events to be held in Thailand.

Second choice:  Chonburi[edit]

Chonburi is Thailand's main city for hosting large, multi-sport events such as the 2026 Summer Youth Olympics and 2030 Asian Games. Because Chonburi is a major tourist destination and has infrastructure such as U-Tapao International Airport and Eastern High-speed rail that connect Bangkok to Chonburi in 30 minutes.[7][8] Chonburi will host the 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, the first 2020s multi-sport events held in Thailand, with Bangkok.

Other candidates[edit]

These cities launched bids or indicated interest.

 Ubon Ratchathani[edit]
On 2 September 2016, Ubon Ratchathani Governor, Somsak Changtrakul and the bid committee announced that Ubon Ratchathani would bid the 33rd Southeast Asian Games and 13th Asean Para Games in 2025 at the Ubon Ratchathani Citizen Association in Bangkok. They delivered their Candidature File to the Sports Authority of Thailand Governor, Sakon Wannapong.[9]
The 2025 Ubon Ratchathani Southeast Asian Games bid would use renovated existing venues, venues under construction and new temporary venues in and around the city and the province of Ubon Ratchathani. In addition, Ubon Ratchathani would use venues in Lower North-Eastern Provincial Cluster 2, which includes Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen, Sisaket, and Yasothon, and the marine sports partner, Surat Thani.[10]
The city has hosted Thailand National Youth Games, Thailand Student Games, Thailand Sport School Games and Thailand University Games.
 Chiang Mai[edit]
Chiang Mai hosted the 1995 Southeast Asian Games. If Chiang Mai wins, it would be the second Southeast Asian Games in Chiang Mai and Northern Region, on the 30th anniversary of the 1995 event.
 Khon Kaen[edit]
 Songkhla[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

All 11 members of Southeast Asian Games Federation are expected to take part in the 2025 Southeast Asian Games. Below is a list of all the participating NOCs.

Sports[edit]

These are potential sports at the 2025 Southeast Asian Games.

Category I – ASOIF sports and disciplines[edit]

Category II – AIOWF sports and disciplines[edit]

Category III – ARISF amd IWGA sports and disciplines
Category IV – Sports Authority of Thailand [th] sports and disciplines

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Southeast Asian Games is set host in five time". The Nation. August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Escarlote, Mark (July 21, 2017). "PHI withdraws from hosting 2019 Southeast Asian Games". ABS-CBN Sports. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "Thailand willing to replace as SEA Games 2019 host". Free Malaysia Today. August 8, 2017. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  4. ^ Giongco, Nick (17 August 2017). "PH to host 2019 SEA Games". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ "บิ๊กก้อง มั่นใจหากไทย จัดซีเกมส์ ต้องดีกว่า ปินส์ – เล็งกรุงเทพ ชลบุรี" (in Thai). Khaosod. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  6. ^ ""บิ๊กก้อง"ชี้ไทยจัดซีเกมส์ไม่แยกเมือง" (in Thai). Daily News. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  7. ^ "กกท. เล็งสำรวจความพร้อม "ชลบุรี" ก่อนเสนอตัวจัดยูธ อลป. 2026". Thai Rath (in Thai). 15 January 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  8. ^ "ผู้ว่าการการกีฬาแห่งประเทศไทย ตรวจความคืบหน้าศูนย์กีฬาแห่งชาติภาคตะวันออก เพื่อเป็นข้อมูลนำเสนอเป็นเจ้าภาพการแข่งขันกีฬายูธโอลิมปิกเกมส์ในปี 2569". Pattaya government (in Thai). 8 January 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Ubon Ratchatani bid to host the 2025 Southeast Asian Games". Guide Ubon. September 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "2025 Ubon Ratchathani Southeast Asian Games plan". Guide Ubon. Retrieved August 27, 2017.


Preceded by
Phnom Penh
Southeast Asian Games
XXXIII Southeast Asian Games (2025)
Succeeded by
TBA (Laos)