1981 Southeast Asian Games
|11th Southeast Asian Games|
|Host city||Manila, Philippines|
|Athletes participating||over 2000 (including officials)|
|Events||--- in 18 sports|
|Opening ceremony||December 6, 1981|
|Closing ceremony||December 15, 1981|
|Officially opened by||Ferdinand Marcos
President of the Philippines
|Ceremony venue||Rizal Memorial Stadium|
The 11th Southeast Asian Games were held in Manila, Philippines from December 6, 1981 to December 15, 1981. This was the first time that the Philippines hosted the Games since its first participation in 1977. The event was officially opened by President Ferdinand Marcos and the cauldron was lit by Benjamin Silva-Netto. The colorful opening ceremony was held in the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. A new football stadium and indoor arena was built in Pasig named the University of Life Track & Field and Arena or the ULTRA, now called the PhilSports Arena. The adjacent apartments were used as the athlete's quarters and was converted into a BLISS housing project of First Lady Imelda Marcos.
1Brunei was a British colony at that time.
More than 2,200 athletes and officials participated in the Manila Games. Bong Coo emerged as its most successful Filipino campaigner. She won six medals in six events, four of which were gold medals where she set six individual game records. Bong won the gold in Ladies Doubles with Lita de la Rosa and averaged 221 in Trios en route to an Individual All Events gold medal and became the South East Asian Games Masters champion.
Lydia de Vega was acclaimed the Queen of SEAGames Athletics when she won the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter in record times.
- Percy Seneviratne (1993) Golden Moments: the S.E.A Games 1959-1991 Dominie Press, Singapore ISBN 981-00-4597-2
- History of the SEA Games
- '1981 SEA Games Athletics Results'
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