Myanmar hosted the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) from December 11 to 22, marking the third time the country has hosted the games and its first time doing so in 44 years. The SEA games is a biennial multi-sport event with participants from the 10 ASEAN countries—Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam—plus Timor-Leste. The theme for this year’s games was “Clean, Green, and Friendship.”
Myanmar’s hosting marks a symbolic event for the country as it hopes to showcase its ongoing reforms and court international confidence ahead of its ASEAN chairmanship. Sporting events were held in various cities including Mandalay, Naypyidaw, and Yangon, while water sports were held on the beaches of Ngwe Saung. We explore some of the most compelling numbers behind the 27th Southeast Asian Games:
The number of events Myanmar hosted at the 2013 SEA Games, encompassing 37 sports. The games consisted of an amalgam of Olympic sports, like diving and basketball, and traditional Southeast Asian sports like Sepak Takraw and Chinlone.
The total number of medals Thailand won, topping the 2013 SEA Games medal count. Thailand acquired a total of 107 golds, 94 silvers, and 81 bronzes.
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The number of times the Philippines has won gold in men’s basketball at the SEA Games. The Philippines clinched their 10th straight men’s basketball title on December 15 with an 84-56 win over Malaysia.
The time that Vietnamese star swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien set for the 400-meter women’s individual medley, shattering the previous record which stood at 4:50.88. Vien also set a new record in Vietnam’s swimming history by becoming the first ever to win three gold medals, two silvers, and one bronze in a single SEA Games.
The amount in technical assistance that China donated to fund the opening and closing ceremonies of the games. China also welcomed athletes from Myanmar to train in Chinese soil to prepare for the games.