SEA Games 2013 Grand Closing Ceremony: As with the Opening Ceremony 11 days ago, Myanmar put on a grand and lavish Closing Ceremony on Sunday to close out a successful 27th SEA Games, the first time the nation has hosted the Games in 44 years.
In closing out three weeks of sporting celebration with other Southeast Asian countries, the ceremony also marked the beginning of Singapore’s hosting of the next SEA Games in 2015.
Near the end of the ceremony, the chairman of the Myanmar SEA Games Organising Committee, Mr. Tint Hsan, handed over the SEA Games flag to the Singaporean Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also on the Singapore National Olympic Council as an executive committee member.
Following the symbolic handover, a special performance was put on by Singapore Soka Association members and national athletes from gymnastics and taekwondo.
The online launch occurred yesterday of the 2015 Games’ official website, www.seagames2015.com, and Facebook page. The theme song, mascot, and logo will be rolled out beginning next February, reported The Straits Times.
Mr. Tint Hsan said: “Although the Asean region has so many different religions, dialects and traditions, the fact that we are able to compete in friendship throughout the SEA showed everyone the unifying power of sports.”
Ng Ser Miang, Singapore’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, handed the Myanmar SEA Games organising committee the IOC Trophy for successfully hosting the SEA Games after a 44 year gap.
In the final medal tally of the 27th SEA Games 2013, Thailand finished at the top with 107 gold, followed by Myanmar with 86 gold, Vietnam with 73, Indonesia with 65, Malaysia with 43, Singapore with 34, the Philippines with 29, Laos with 13, Cambodia with 8, Timor-Leste with 2, and Brunei with 1.
Thailand also won the most total medals overall, winning 282 gold, silver, and bronze medals in the Games. Indonesia got the second-most total medals, winning at total of 260 gold, silver, and bronze.