1995 Southeast Asian Games
The 1995 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Southeast Asian Games, was a Southeast Asian multi-sport event held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 9 to 17 December 1995. It was the first time that a non-capital city hosted the biennial sports event. Chiang Mai is the second Thai city to host the Southeast Asian Games after Bangkok. The games were opened and closed by Vajiralongkorn, the then-Crown Prince of Thailand. With the return of Cambodia, all ten members of the federation were present to compete in the SEA Games for the first time.
|Host city||Chiang Mai, Thailand|
|Opening ceremony||9 December|
|Closing ceremony||17 December|
|Officially opened by||Vajiralongkorn|
Crown Prince of Thailand
|Ceremony venue||700th Anniversary Stadium|
This was the fifth time Thailand hosted the games and its first since 1985. Previously it also hosted the games in 1959, 1967 and 1975. Around 3262 athletes from 10 participating nations participated at the games which featured 28 sports.
The final medal tally was led by host Thailand, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines. Several Games and National Records were broken during the games. The games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.
Development and preparationEdit
The Chiang Mai SEA Games Organising Committee (CMSOC) was formed to oversee the staging of the games.
The 18th Southeast Asian Games had 23 venues for the games, 19 in Chiang Mai, 3 in Chonburi and 1 in Lamphun.
|Chiang Mai||700th Anniversary Sport Complex|
|Main Stadium||Opening and Closing Ceremony, Athletics, Football|
|Aquatics Centre||Aquatics Sport|
|Gymnasium 3||Badminton, Sepak Takraw|
|Chiang Mai-Lamphun Golf Course||Golf|
|Chiang Mai University||Archery, Table Tennis|
|Lanna Poly Technical School||Taekwondo|
|Mae Joe Institute of Agricultural Technology||Gymnastic, Hockey|
|Mae Kuang Dam||Rowing|
|Municipal Sport Complex||Rugby, Weightlifting|
|Pack Squadron Riding Ground||Equestrian|
|Pang Suan Kaew Hotel||Billiards and Snooker|
|Wattanothai Payap School||Fencing|
|Ambassador Jomtien Hotel||Squash|
|Dong Tan Beach-Sattahip Bay||Sailing|
|Lamphun||Lamphun Sport Complex||Football, Pencak Silat|
The logo of the 1995 Southeast Asian Games is an image of a Bo Sang umbrella which symbolises Chiang Mai as the host of the Southeast Asian Games. The image of the umbrella also resembles a running athlete, which represents the courage and determination of the games participating athletes and the participating athletes themselves. The colours of the umbrella blue, yellow, red, black and green are colours of the Olympic movement and represents the Olympic and sportsmanship spirit of the participating athletes. The 6-ring chain, the logo of the Southeast Asian Games Federation, represents the six founding nations of the Southeast Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Games itself.
The mascot of the 1995 Southeast Asian Games is a Siamese cat named Sawasdee (Thai: สวัสดี) who takes a Bo Sang umbrella with him. The Siamese cat is one of the several varieties of cat native to Thailand. As a mascot, its name Sawasdee is a word often spoken in Thai as a greeting or farewell in Thailand. Its umbrella represents Chiang Mai province, Thailand, host of the 1995 Southeast Asian Games. One of its villages, the Bo Sang Village of Chiang Mai province, is famed throughout Thailand for the making of exquisitely hand made and painted umbrellas.
A total of 1085 medals, comprising 338 Gold medals, 331 Silver medals and 416 Bronze medals were awarded to athletes. The host Thailand performance was their best ever yet and emerged as overall champion of the games.
Host nation (Thailand)
|Totals (10 nations)||338||331||416||1085|