The 29th SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games will be held from August 19th to 31st and September 17th to 23rd respectively. Kuala Lumpur proudly plays host this year in what is officially known as Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017). 5,000 athletes from 11 participating countries will be competing for top sporting honours in over 400 events. This year’s games will be one of the most exciting regional sports events this year so get tickets now and be prepared to cheer our Malaysians on!
- The first Games were held in 1959 in Bangkok and were known then as the SEAP (South East Asian Peninsular) Games with Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Burma, Laos and South Vietnam participating in 12 sports. 653 athletes and officials were in attendance and Thailand finished at the top of the leaderboard.
- In 1975, there were only four competing nations as Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam struggled to recover from internal strife and war. It was then suggested that more countries should be invited to compete and membership was offered to Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines; and it became known as the SEA (South East Asian) Games.
- Malaysia first played host in 1965 and last hosted in 2001 when the country became overall champion with a haul of 111 gold medals.
- The Games are held every two years in a different member country. Brunei was supposed to hold this year’s event, but as they were not ready to hold such a large event, a request was made to Malaysia to step in.
- The next SEA Games will be held in the Philippines (2019) and Vietnam (2021).
- The 29th SEA Games will feature 38 sports spread across 400 events and the Para Games will have 16 sports.
- Sports making their debut this year include cricket, ice hockey, ice-skating and Tarung Derajat (martial art originating in West Java).
- Malaysia is expecting to win big at gymnastics, cycling, athletics, aquatics, sailing, squash, silat and water-skiing.
- Most of the venues will be within Kuala Lumpur and Selangor with the exception of sailing (Langkawi) and the endurance equestrian event to be held in Terengganu.
- Medals for these games have been designed and made by Royal Selangor.
The Official Mascot – RIMAU
- This year’s tagline is ‘Rising Together’, which will be used for both the Games and the Para Games.
- The official logo was inspired by the traditional Malaysian kite known as the ‘wau bulan’ and designed using contemporary geometric shapes.
- RIMAU (Respect, Integrity, Move, Attitude, Unity) is the official mascot and is a Malayan Tiger to represent the country’s national animal.
- 32 events including cricket, volleyball, ice hockey, ice-skating, sailing, squash, wushu and tennis are FREE.
- The opening and closing events, football, badminton, gymnastics, diving, cycling and karate are among the events that tickets are required. The good news is that ticket prices range from RM10 – RM20 and are available for sale online here, at authorised ticketing counters and at the venues themselves.
For more information, head to www.kualalumpur2017.com.my