NAYPYITAW – The Myanmar SEA Games themed “Green, Clean and Friendly” came to colourful close at Wunna Theikdi Main Stadium here tonight, Bernama reported. The arrival of Myanmar President, U Thein Sein, wife Daw Khin Khin Win and guets at the stadium were met with a fireworks display. A large group of children who formed the 27th SEA Games logo got the closing ceremony underway.
The audience were entertained with cultural performances such as the elephant dance and the Myanmar traditional sport ‘Chinlone.’
The ceremony continued with the procession of athletes representing the 33 sports contested at the games held over 19 days.
The 33 sports are athletics, archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, bodybuilding, boxing, canoeing, chess, chinlone, equestrian, football, futsal, golf, hockey, judo, karate, kempo, muay thai, petanque, ping pong, rowing, snooker, swimming, sepak takraw, sailing, shooting, silat, taekwondo, volleyball, vovinam, weightlifting, wrestling and traditional boat racing.
The ceremony proceeded with lowering of the flag of the SEA Games Federation (SGF) and the flag of Myanmar as the host country.
The closing of the biennial games was officiated by Myanmar Vice President, U Nyan Tun.
The 11 participating countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and Myanmar.
This is the third time Myanmar hosted the biggest sporting event in South East Asia after 1961 and 1969.
Thailand were top with 107 gold, 94 silver and 81 bronze while hosts Myanmar were second place with 85 gold, 62 silver and 85 bronze.
Vietnam were third with 73 gold, 86 silver and 86 bronze while Indonesia were fourth with 65 gold, 84 silver and 110 bronze.
Singapore will host the 28th SEA Games in 2015 while Malaysia will host the 29th SEA Games in 2017.
Myanmar drew a close to three weeks of sporting celebration with a lavish closing ceremony. more…