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2015 Southeast Asian Games

The 2015 Southeast Asian Games (Malay: Sukan Asia Tenggara 2015; Chinese: 2015年东南亚运动会), officially known as the 28th Southeast Asian Games (or simply 28th SEA Games), was a Southeast Asian multi-sport event hosted by the city-state of Singapore.[2][3][4] It was the fourth time the country hosted the games and the first time since 1993. Singapore previously also hosted the games in 1973 and 1983.

XXVIII Southeast Asian Games
2015 Southeast Asian Games logo.svg
Host cityDowntown Core, Singapore
MottoCelebrate The Extraordinary
Nations participating11
Athletes participating4370
Events402 in 36 sports
Opening ceremony5 June
Closing ceremony16 June
Officially opened byTony Tan Keng Yam
President of Singapore
Athlete's OathLin Qingyi[1]
Judge's OathMohammad Azhar Yusoff[1]
Torch lighterFandi Ahmad and Irfan Fandi Ahmad[1]
Main venueSingapore National Stadium
Website2015 Southeast Asian Games
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Singapore was awarded rights to host the Southeast Asian Games in 2011 after several delays from 2007 due to the construction of the New National Stadium. The games were held from 5 to 16 June 2015, although several events had commenced from 29 May 2015. Around 4370 athletes participated at the event, which featured 402 events in 36 sports.[5][6][7] It was opened by Tony Tan Keng Yam, the President of Singapore at the aforementioned stadium.

The final medal tally was led by Thailand, followed by host Singapore and Vietnam. Several Games and national records were broken during the games. Though there were little controversies, the Games were deemed generally successful with its effective management of cost spent to host the games, arrangement of public transport and games promotion and with the rising standard of competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.[8]

Host cityEdit

Singapore as the host city of SEA Games 2015.

Singapore's selection as the host of the 28th Southeast Asian Games of 2015 was announced in 2011 during the 26th Southeast Asian Games, held in Indonesian cities Palembang and Jakarta. Singapore had previously been nominated to host the event in 2007 and 2013, but turned down both opportunities citing costs associated with the construction of the new Singapore Sports.

Development and preparationEdit

The Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) was formed on 28 June 2012 to oversee the staging of the event.

Steering Committee members of the Games[9][10]
Position Name Designation
Chairman Mr Lawrence Wong Acting Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information
Members Mr Chan Chun Sing Minister, Prime Minister's Office
Ms Indranee Rajah Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Law
Mrs Carmee Lim Founder and President of Aoede Music Enterprise
Mr Low Teo Ping Vice-President, Singapore National Olympic Council
Mr Masagos Zulkifli Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr Mohamed Abdul Jaleel Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mini Environment Service Group
Mr Valerio Nannini Managing Director, Nestle Singapore Pte Ltd
Ms Annabel Pennefather Vice-President, Singapore National Olympic Council
Mr Brian Richmond Radio Personality, MediaCorp Pte Ltd
Mr Saktiandi Supaat Head, FX Research Team, Global Markets, Global Banking, Maybank
Mr Manu Sawhney Director, Manchester United Limited
Mr Seah Moon Ming Executive Director and Group CEO of Pavilion Energy Pte Ltd and Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd
Mr Richard Seow Yung Liang Chairman, Singapore Sports Council
Dr Tan Eng Liang Vice-President, Singapore National Olympic Council
Ms Jessica Tan Soon Neo Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore
Mr Tan Kian Chew Group Chief Executive Officer, NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd
Mr Leonard Tan Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PurpleClick Media Pte Ltd
Mr Stanley Tan Chairman, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre
Mrs Josephine Teo Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport
Mr Teo Ser Luck Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Mayor, North East District


The National Stadium in Singapore, venue of the athletics and football events, and the opening and closing ceremonies for the 28th SEA Games

The 2015 Southeast Asian Games used a mix of new, existing and temporary venues. Given the city-state's compact size, most venues were pre-existing public-sporting facilities located in the suburban heartlands which were reverted to public use after the games. No major retrofitting work were done in most venues as most had been used to host major multi-disciplinary events such as the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

At the centrepiece of the activities was the Singapore Sports Hub which was completed in mid-2014. Incorporating the new 55,000-seat national stadium, it hosted most of the events.

A games village was not built. Instead, a "village in the city" concept saw athletes and officials housed in 20 hotels in downtown Singapore. Besides being physically near to the Singapore Sports Hub, it was hoped that it will add vibe to the city and reduce post-games costs in converting a dedicated games village to other uses.

The 28th Southeast Asian Games had 30 venues for the games.

Cluster Competition Venue Sports
Kallang Cluster Singapore Sports Hub
Singapore National Stadium Opening & Closing ceremony, Athletics, Football
OCBC Arena Hall 1 Netball, Basketball
OCBC Arena Hall 2 Fencing, Volleyball (Indoor)
OCBC Arena Hall 4 Billiards & snooker
Singapore Indoor Stadium Table tennis, Badminton
OCBC Aquatic Centre Aquatics: Diving, Swimming, Synchronised swimming, Waterpolo
Kallang Squash Centre Squash: Singles & team
Kallang Tennis Centre Tennis
Kallang Cricket Field Archery
Kallang Softball Field Softball
Kallang Practice Track Athletics: Marathon
Singapore Expo Expo Hall 1 Boxing, Sepaktakraw
Expo Hall 2 Judo, Pencak silat, Taekwondo, Wushu
Marina Cluster Marina Bay Traditional Boat Race, Sailing: Keelboat
Marina Bay South Cycling
Marina Channel Canoeing, Rowing
Bedok Reservoir Water Ski[11]
Bishan Sports Hall Gymnastics
Bishan Stadium Football[11]
Jalan Besar Stadium Football
Choa Chu Kang Stadium Rugby sevens[11]
East Coast Park Athletics: 20 km walk, Triathlon
ITE Central Floorball
National Sailing Centre Sailing
National Shooting Centre Shooting (Outdoors)
Orchid Country Club Bowling
Padang Pétanque
Sengkang Hockey Stadium Field hockey
Sentosa Golf Club Golf
Turf Club Riding Centre Equestrian
Tanglin Club Squash: Jumbo double
SAFRA Yishun Shooting (Indoors)

Public transportEdit

Given the existing extensive public transport network already in place, there is no games-specific major infrastructural development to support it. The clustering of venues is aimed at easing the traffic flow, bus and Mass Rail Transit service for games athletes and officials were provided.


The organisers estimated that about 15,000 volunteers are needed to successfully host the games. Volunteer recruitment began in late 2013, and by February 2014, about 5,000 volunteers have signed up.[12] This number swelled to over 17,000 by February 2015, and a volunteers night event was held at Universal Studios Singapore to launch the sports volunteers brand name as "Team Nila" and to thank the volunteers who have signed up with free shows at the venue. Amongst the pool of 17,000 volunteers, 35% came from the community, while 65% were from corporations in support of the games.[13]


A total of about 790,000 tickets were put on sale from February 2015 online, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and at SingPost outlets. To encourage public participation in the games, it was announced on 28 January 2015 that 18 of the sports will be free for spectators, while the other 18 are kept at relatively affordable levels of between S$5 to S$20.[14] By 15 April 2015 some sports such as swimming and fencing were selling fast, while silat and sepak takraw were much less popular.[15] Organisers reported that ticket sales were pass 70% for most sports by 27 April, with fencing and swimming being the most popular at 85 and 70% tickets sold respectively, while rhythmic gymnastics, silat and wushu have also sold over 70%. Billiards and snooker, equestrian, sepak takraw, taekwondo, and artistic gymnastics have sold about half their tickets. Rugby and judo have sold 30%, while table tennis has sold only 20%.[16]

Priced between S$5 to S$20, priority sales for the opening and closing ceremonies tickets for those who registered theirs interests in 2014 began on 15 January 2015, while sales for the general public began on 22 January 2015. In February 2015, tickets to the opening ceremony were going at over seven times their original value on unauthorised websites, despite 40% of the tickets still available at that time.[17] By March 2015, tickets to the opening ceremony were sold out.[18]


During the closing ceremony of the 2013 Southeast Asian Games, the SEAGF Flag was formally handed over from Myanmar to Singapore. This was followed by a song and dance section highlighting Singapore as the next venue.

On 27 June 2014, a series of festivities were held at the Singapore Sports Hub, including a fireworks display, to mark the one year countdown to the games. The Sports Hub Community Open House was held in conjunction with the launch to introduce the new sports facilities to the general public.[19]

The countdown to the games began on 15 February 2014 with a launch party at the Gardens by the Bay, where the logo, theme and mascot were also introduced.[20]

800 Nanyang Polytechnic students organised a major countdown event on 11 April 2015 to mark the final 50 days in a few days, where about 4,000 people turned up to attend a concert and a sports carnival.[21]

On 16 April 2015, the 50-day countdown began with various organisations stacking a number each through a video tribute. This included: Nanyang Polytechnic and Ang Mo Kio residents and Changkat Primary School (50), London School of Business and Finance Singapore (49), Compassvale Primary School (48), Development Bank of Singapore (47), National Kidney Foundation (46), CWT Limited (45), SportCares (44), Park View Primary School (43), Sport Singapore (42) and 41st Battalion Singapore Armoured Regiment (41).[22][23][7]

Other organisations were:

  • Corporation Primary School (40)
  • Wengsworld Jigsaw Puzzles (39)
  • Henry Park Primary School (38)
  • Woodlands Ring Primary School (37)
  • Yio Chu Kang Community Sports Club (36)
  • Temasek Primary School (35)
  • East Coast Primary School (34)
  • Yayasan Mendaki and Woodlands Secondary School (33)
  • Team Singapore (32)
  • Fuchun Secondary School (31)
  • Jiemin Primary School (30)
  • Tampines Primary School (29)
  • Punggol Green Primary School (28)
  • Northland Primary School (27)
  • Telok Kurau Primary School (26)
  • Temasek Polytechnic (25)
  • AXA Singapore (24)
  • Nanyang Polytechnic (23)
  • Shelton College International (22)
  • Tampines North Primary School (21)
  • Ministry of Social and Family (20)
  • Dunman Secondary School (19)
  • NTUC FairPrice and Seng Kang Primary School (18)
  • Canberra Primary School (17)
  • Ferrari Owners' Club (16)
  • Compassvale Secondary School (15)
  • Pasir Ris West (14)
  • Republic Polytechnic and Teck Ghee Primary School (13)
  • LionsXII (12)
  • Deli Hub Catering (11)
  • Sembawang Primary School (10)
  • Rajah & Tann and St Joseph's Institution Junior (9)
  • Qihua Primary School (8)
  • Singapore Polytechnic and Fernvale Primary School (7)
  • Singtel (6)
  • Dazhong Primary School and One KM (5)
  • Scuderia FSG (4)
  • United Square (3)
  • Deloitte (2)
  • Montfort Junior School and Team Nila Volunteers (1)


2015 Southeast Asian Games medals

The principal agency to ensure the security of the games is the Singapore Police Force, supplemented by the Auxiliary Police Forces. The organisers singled out security as one of their major concerns ahead of the games, with worries over unforeseen security breaches which may occur across any of the venues, some of which are easily accessible by the public.[24]


The design of the medals were unveiled on 27 April 2015. Designed by Joys Tan from Sport Singapore, they feature the Games' logo on one side, and the Singapore Sports Hub on the reverse. Each medal will be 80mm in diameter and will each weigh 183 grams. It was also announced during the media brief, that smaller versions of the medal, in the form of medallions, will be given to all spectators of the closing ceremony.[25]


The games was budgeted to cost SGD325 million (US$287 million) but eventual cost came to SGD264 million. There were concerns the cost would exceed budget, as had happened when Singapore hosted the Youth Olympics in 2010.[26] In contrast, the cost of organizing the 2013 games, which was hosted by Myanmar, was estimated to be SGD400 million.[27]

Torch relayEdit

The torch relay took place on 4 June 2015, the eve of the games' opening ceremony began with the torch lit at the Marina Bay Promontory, and went past Clifford Square, Merlion Park, Esplanade Plaza, the Art Science Museum and end at Marina Bay Sands, where the flame handover ceremony to the Games officials took place.[28][29][30][31]


Nila, the lion, official mascot of the games.
Nila wears either his signature tracksuit (left) or blue sporting attire (right), depending on the occasion.


The motto of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games is Celebrate the Extraordinary. It was chosen to represent the connection of individuals, communities and countries to their own dreams beyond competing, winning or overcoming defeat and the inspiration of the soul and spirit inside each people of Southeast Asia.


The logo of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games is an image depicts a winning athlete crossing the finishing line with his/her arms raised in victory represents the potential that exists in every participating athletes. The five figure of the sport events competed represents the diversity of sports featured in the Games, the strength and the skills of the athletes. The palette of colours represents the exciting moments of the games and Sport as a tool of uniting people of the region regardless of their language, belief and colours. Overall, it represents the unity of Southeast Asian people in the spirit of the games. The logo also depicts the Southeast Asian Games Federation logo and the word "28th SEA Games". The word "Singapore 2015" on the finishing tape represents Singapore as the host of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.


The mascot of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games is a lion named Nila. The name comes from Sang Nila Utama, the founder of Singapura. Nila has a red mane and heart-shaped face and is described as courage, passionate and friendly. He wears either his signature tracksuit or blue sporting attire, depending on the occasion.[32][33]


A special compilation album titled Songs of the Games was produced by veteran music director Sydney Tan and released on 3 March 2015. It features the three official theme songs: "Unbreakable" written by Amir Masoh and performed by Tabitha Nauser, "Greatest" by Daphne Khoo and "Ordinary" written by Amir Masoh and performed by The Sam Willows. The other songs included: "You're Wonderful" written by Amir Masoh and performed by Tay Kewei, Gayle Nerva and Tabitha Nauser, "Flags Up" written and performed by The Sam Willows, "Champion" written by Charlie Lim and performed by The Sam Willows, "Still" written and performed by Charlie Lim, "A Love Song-Unbreakable" written by Don Richmond and performed by Benjamin Kheng, "Forever" written by Joshua Wan and performed by The Steve McQueens, "You're almost There" written and performed by Joel and co-written by Ruth Ling, "Dancing on the world" written and performed by Hubbabubbas, "Colours" written and performed by Jean Tan and "Reach" written by Dick Lee and performed by the MGS Choir featuring Dick Lee.[34][35]


A total of 100 sponsors, comprising 4 Main sponsors, 10 Official sponsors, 27 Official partners and 59 Official supporters contributed to the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. The broadcasting rights of the main sponsor MediaCorp is owned by MediaCorp TV.[36]

Main sponsors

The GamesEdit

Opening ceremonyEdit

Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony was held on Friday, 5 June 2015, beginning at 20:15 SST (UTC+8) at the National Stadium in Singapore, the first major opening ceremony for a sporting event in the new venue.[37] Organised by the Singapore Armed Forces, which has also been responsible for the annual National Day Parade, they were supported by a creative team with Beatrice Chia-Richmond serving as Creative Director. The ceremony was helmed by more than 5,000 performers and volunteers and supported by 3,500 soldiers. Given the enclosed nature of the stadium, extensive use of an aerial system to allow suspension and movement of performers and props are possible. Floor projection are accomplished using 160 multimedia high-definition projectors.[38] The time 20:15 was chosen to start the opening ceremony to mark the year 2015, the year which Singapore hosted the 28th Southeast Asian Games.

The ceremony begins with the band orchestra performance and historical lookout of previously hosted Singapore Southeast Asian Games and footage of people lineup distance countdown to Singapore National Stadium followed by arrival of the VIPs, Tony Tan Keng Yam and Lee Hsien Loong. The hosts of the ceremony are Nikki Muller, Chua En Lai and Sharon Au. The National Anthem of Singapore is played first as the national flag of Singapore was raised, followed by countdown video projection, the volunteers from Singapore Soka Association performance forming the map of Singapore with nature theme. This is accompanied by the traditional dances of Singapore's main races.

Nila, the mascot apparently leaped down in the stadium with a hanging parachute after the video footage of the mascot. Next, the parade of athletes from all 11 competing nations started with Brunei leading the field in alphabetical order and ended with the host nation, Singapore entering the stadium last. This was followed by parade of the Southeast Asian Games Federation flag and the games edition flag by former and current Singaporean sportsmen and sportswomen respectively, the late Lee Kuan Yew footage about the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, welcoming speech of Lawrence Wong, and declaration of games opening by Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Singapore. The Bruneian contingent was led by Woo Wai Sii Faustina of Wushu. The Cambodian contingent was led by San Sophorn of Sepak takraw. The Indonesian contingent was led by I Gusti Made Oka Sulaksana of Sailing. The Lao contingent was led by Bouadeng Vongvone of Petanque. The Malaysian contingent was led by Leong Mun Yee of Diving. The Myanmar contingent was led by Ye Sithu of Fencing. The Filipino contingent was led by Alyssa Valdez of Volleyball. The Thai contingent was led by Chanathip Songkrasin of Football. The Timorese contingent was led by Elio Jenoveva Edito of Boxing. The Vietnamese contingent was led by Hoang Quy Phuoc of Swimming. Meanwhile, the Singaporean contingent was led by Quah Ting Wen of Swimming.

The former athletes that carry the federation flag are K. Jayamani of athletics, David Lim of swimming, Lee Wung Yew of shooting, Wong Liang Ming of taekwondo, Zainal Abidin of squash, Adelene Wee of bowling, Tao Yi Jun of wushu and Yip Ren Kai of water polo. Whereas the current athletes that carry the Games flag are Geraldine Lee of canoeing, Shayna Ng of bowling, Chelsea Ann Sim of taekwondo, Dipna Lim Prasad of athletics, Eugene Teo of water polo, Muhammad Nur Alfian of silat, Daniel Marc Chow of rugby and Ridhwan Ahmad of boxing. Flags of the games federation and edition were raised to the song "Reach" performed by local songwriter Dick Lee and the Methodist Girls’ School choir. Athlete's and judge's oath are taken by Lin Qingyi, Singapore's netball player and Azhar Yusoff the rugby judge and referee respectively.[39][40]

These are followed by a 40-minute show of 5 acts or segments, which are mass performances performed by students all over Singapore, volunteers from Singapore Soka Association and notable Singapore celebrities such as rapper Shigga Shay, HubbaBubbas band, violinists Joey Lau and Siow Lee Chin, guitarist Bani Hidir, vocal group Vocaluptuous, singer Daphne Khoo and The Sam Willows. The acts are Act One - DNA, Act Two - Imagination which includes the video footage of children of Southeast Asian nations speak of their ambitions and dreams in their national or native language, Act Three - Youth Expression, Act Four - Sports And The City which includes appearance of Singapore top athlete Joseph Schooling and several former athletes such as Ang Peng Siong of swimming, Ben Tan of sailing, C Kunalan of athletics, Glory Barnabas of athletics, Grace Young of bowling, Joscelin Yeo of swimming, Melanie Martens of hockey and Sheik Alau’ddin of silat, and video footage of gratitude from coaches all over Southeast Asia and Act 5 - Singapore in the Stadium where a gigantic model of DNA emerge slowly from the center of the stage, performers once again form the map of Singapore but with the model of Singapore's iconic buildings in it.

Act One told the story of DNA as a thing that makes human different and understand each other, Act two told the story of how children use their dream to imagine, Act three told the story of how Youths use dream to express themselves, Act four told the story of how family support become an inspiration for athletes and coaches to achieve success in sports. While Act 5, the conclusion told the story of how Singaporean athletes welcome, make friends and unite with the athletes other country of Southeast Asia regardless of language, race and belief. Soon after the last act, the torch of the Games was carried into the stadium from a dragon boat across the Kallang basin by several Singapore's former and current generation of sportsmen and sportswomen. The current sportspeople are Clement Teo of Dragon Boat, Liang Xiaoyu of Badminton, Muhammad Naqib Asmin of Athletics, Gabriel Yang of Judo, Dinah Chan of Cycling, Enrico Marican of Hockey, Shanti Pereira of Athletics, Derek Wong Zi Liang of Badminton, while the former sportspeople are Annabel Pennefather of Hockey, Prema Govindran of Athletics and Wong Shoon Keat of Badminton. The cauldron was lit by former footballer, Fandi Ahmad and his son and current footballer, Irfan Fandi. The cauldron's design was inspired by the DNA which represents the unity of nations, communities and individuals of Southeast Asia. It is made of stainless steel, 19.2-metre-high and has a LED screen on it that displays information such as the time and weather during the Games. It also has a burner that able to project a 1.5m- to 4m-high flame and 11 bars within the structure that represent the different countries participating at the Games. A colourful fireworks display then erupted over the skyline surrounding the National Stadium, signalling the official commencement of the Games. The ceremony concludes with the President leaving the stadium.[41]

Closing ceremonyEdit

Cultural presentation of Malaysia, host of the 2017 edition

The Games had its closing ceremony held on Tuesday, 16 June 2015, from 20:00 SST (UTC+8) at the National Stadium in Singapore. The ceremony begins with a countdown footage video followed by hosts of the ceremony enter the stadium in a buggy car who are also hosts of the games opening ceremony. Singapore president and the other VIPs including Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and SEA Games Organising Committee chairman and Tan Chuan Jin, the Singapore Olympic Council and Southeast Asian Games Federation president then enter the stadium and after that a video about the games' wonderful moments is played. Athletes of every participating nations along with their respective head of mission paraded into the stadium onto the stadium floor to the beat of music - Remix of the Songs of the Games played through the stadium, followed by the video tribute of the games volunteers, Team Nila.

Team Nila then entered the stadium and danced to the music played. Ng Ser Miang, IOC member and IOC Finance Commission Chairman awarded Lawrence Wong and Singaporean SEA Games President, Tan Chuan-Jin the IOC President trophy of the Olympics spirit on behalf of Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee. Tan Chuan-Jin then delivered a closing speech, in which he includes an emotional quote, paying tribute to all victims of the 2015 Sabah earthquake in which many Singaporean primary school students from Tanjong Katong Primary School died and all the national flags of the participating nations and the games flags been flown at half-mast on 8 June 2015 during the games.[42] The Singapore president declared the games closed with Charlie Lim later performed the song, "Still" as the games flag and the SEA Games Federation flag were lowered and the flame of the cauldron extinguished. A group of torch bearer surrounded the cauldron lighter which sends off the firework after they had extinguished the flame of their torch. A bunch of fireworks then erupted over the National Stadium, signalling the official conclusion of the Games.

The SEA Games responsibilities was officially handed over to Malaysia, host of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in which Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports of Malaysia receive the flag of the Southeast Asian Games Federation from Lawrence Wong and Tunku Imran, the Olympic Council of Malaysia president and in-coming Southeast Asian Games Federation president as its symbol during a flag handover ceremony. The national anthem of Malaysia was played as the National Flag of Malaysia was raised. A 10-minute Malaysian segment performance: "Diversity in Motion" (Malay: Majmuk dalam Gerak), was performed by Malaysian dancers with Monoloque and Najwa Mahiaddin sang "The Birth of a Legend" (Malay: Lahirnya Lagenda) on the stage. The performance was divided into three parts: "Birth", "Rooted", and "United".[43][44] Birth told the story of the beginning of life and creativity, Rooted told the story about building the foundation, desire for unity, understanding one's origin, living in the moment while remembering yesterday and to celebrate the aesthetics of athleticism today, while the conclusion United told the story of desire for unity in diversity.

A Singapore farewell segment performance is later performed with a parade of colonial era, people, symbols, uniform groups, landmarks, government policy and 1993 Southeast Asian Games stamps and objects such as Chinese Junk and Sail boat and the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 aircraft, brought back the nation's historical memory in the past 60 years. For a brief moment, performers some dressed as Nila and others wearing the Nila suit dance to the music played. The ceremony concludes with a party with music spun by Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten,[45] a performance by local fusion Jazz group The Steve McQueens and a bunch of fireworks erupted over the stadium again and for the last time.[46]

Participating nationsEdit

An estimated total of 4490 athletes (about 2610 men, 1880 women) from 11 nations competed at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. The number of athletes competed for each nation is shown in parenthesis. However, the information maybe incorrect at source.


The first 30 sports were announced by the Singapore National Olympic Council on 10 December 2013 on the sidelines of the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar. It announced then that there was room for as many as eight more sports.[47][48] On 29 April 2014, the final six sports, namely boxing, equestrian, floorball, petanque, rowing and volleyball were added to the programme. Floorball will feature in the event for the first time after being a demonstration sport in the 2013 edition.[49]

In its selection of events, the organising committee indicated their desire to set a model for subsequent games in trimming the number of "traditional" sports to refocus on the SEAG's initial intent to increase the level of sporting excellence in key sports. Hence, despite room for up to eight traditional sports, only two, floorball and netball, were included in the programme. Amongst the other 34 sports, 24 are Olympic sports and all remaining sports are featured in the Asian Games.

The 2015 Southeast Asian Games programme was featured 402 events in 36 sports and disciplines. The number of events in each discipline is noted in parentheses.

¹ – not an official Olympic Sport.
² – sport played only in the SEAGF.
³ – not a traditional Olympic nor SEAGF Sport and introduced only by the host country.


OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Gold medal events CC Closing ceremony
May / June 29
Ceremonies OC CC N/A
  Archery 5 5 10
  Athletics 2 2 8 12 12 10 46
  Badminton 2 5 7
  Basketball 2 2
  Billiards & snooker 2 2 3 3 10
  Bowling 2 2 2 2 2 10
  Boxing 11 11
  Canoeing 5 3 9 17
  Cycling 2 2 1 1 6
  Diving 2 2 2 2 8
  Equestrian 1 1 1 1 4
  Fencing 3 3 3 3 12
  Field hockey 1 1 2
  Floorball 2 2
  Football 1 1
  Golf 4 4
  Gymnastics 1 1 2 5 5 2 16
  Judo 5 5 2 12
  Netball 1 1
  Pencak silat 3 10 13
  Pétanque 2 2 1 2 1 2 10
  Rowing 8 10 18
  Rugby sevens 2 2
  Sailing 1 4 4 4 7 20
  Sepaktakraw 2 2 1 1 2 2 10
  Shooting 4 6 2 2 4 2 4 2 26
  Softball 2 2
  Squash 2 2 1 5
  Swimming 6 6 7 6 6 7 38
  Synchronised swimming 1 2 3
  Table tennis 2 1 2 2 7
  Taekwondo 7 4 4 15
  Tennis 2 2 3 7
  Traditional boat race 4 4 8
  Triathlon 1 1 2
  Volleyball 1 1 2
  Water polo 1 1 2
  Waterskiing 4 4 3 11
  Wushu 4 7 9 20
Daily medal events 0 0 0 0 2 5 7 0 42 45 38 42 48 39 36 31 50 10 7 402
Cumulative total 0 0 0 0 2 7 14 14 56 101 149 181 229 268 304 335 385 395 402
May / June 29

Medal tableEdit

The 2015 Southeast Asian Games featured 402 events, resulting in 402 medal sets to be distributed.

An additional gold medal was awarded as there was first-place tie in the Rhythmic Gymnastics individual all-around event. As a consequence, no silver medal was awarded in that event.

Two bronze medals were awarded in some events: most events in martial arts (2 in Wushu, 12 in Taekwondo, 10 in Pencak silat, 12 in Judo, 11 in Boxing and 12 in Fencing) and All events in racket sports (10 in Billiards and snooker, 5 in Squash, 7 in Badminton, 7 in Table tennis, 7 in Tennis, 10 in Petanque, 10 in Sepak takraw, 1 in netball and 2 in volleyball), giving a total of 118 additional bronze medals. On the other hand, No bronze medal was awarded at the Rhythmic Gymnastics group all-around event, Women's Floorball, Taekwondo Poomsae Women's team, Kyorugi Men's 74 kg and Women's 62 kg event and Sailing Men's Match Racing Keelboat, Team Racing Laser Standard and Women's 470, Skiff 49er FX, Laser Radial (U19) and Team Racing Laser Radial event.

As a result, total of 1313 medals comprising 403 gold medals, 401 silver medals and 509 bronze medals were awarded to athletes.

The host Singapore's performance was its best ever yet in Southeast Asian Games history, and was second behind Thailand as overall Champion.[43][50][51][52][53]

  *   Host nation (Singapore)

2015 Southeast Asian Games medal table
1  Thailand (THA)958369247
2  Singapore (SIN)*8473102259
3  Vietnam (VIE)735360186
4  Malaysia (MAS)625866186
5  Indonesia (INA)476174182
6  Philippines (PHI)293666131
7  Myanmar (MYA)12263169
8  Cambodia (CAM)15915
9  Laos (LAO)042529
10  Brunei (BRU)0167
11  East Timor (TLS)0112
Totals (11 NOCs)4034015091313


The games also available internationally via Sports Singapore's YouTube channel whose broadcast was done by International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS) as production partner of MediaCorp - the host broadcaster of the games. The International Broadcast Centre was located within the sports city area.[54]


  *   Host nation (Singapore)

2015 SEA Games Broadcasters rights in Southeast Asia
IOC Code Country Broadcast network Television network Radio network Digital network
BRU   Brunei Radio Televisyen Brunei
Astro Arena
Hot FM
One FM
CAM   Cambodia Radio and Television of Cambodia Television of Cambodia Radio of Cambodia
INA   Indonesia Emtek
Televisi Republik Indonesia
Radio Republik Indonesia Emtek (Vidio)
LAO   Laos Laos National Radio and Television Lao National Television Lao National Radio
MAS   Malaysia Media Prima Berhad
Radio Television Malaysia (RTM)
TV3 Malaysia (Some Games, News reporting)
TV9 Malaysia (Some Games, Highlights)
Astro Arena (Some games)
TV1 Malaysia (News reporting only)
TV2 Malaysia (News reporting only)
8TV Malaysia (Men's Football Malaysia vs Laos Delayed Telecast)
Hot FM
Fly FM
One FM
Media Prima Berhad (Tonton)

Astro (Astro GO)

MYA   Myanmar Myanmar Radio and Television Myanmar Television
Myanmar Radio
PHI   Philippines Sports5[55] TV5
SIN   Singapore* MediaCorp TV MediaCorp TV12 okto (Main Channel)
MediaCorp TV Channel U (Some games only)
MediaCorp TV Channel 5 (Opening Ceremony, Today at the Games and Closing Ceremony only)
MediaCorp News Channel NewsAsia (Reports and Highlights)
Singtel TV
MediaCorp Radio 938LIVE YouTube ([56])
THA   Thailand The Television Pool of Thailand (TPT) BEC-TV Channel 3
RTA-TV Channel 5
BBTV Channel 7
Modernine TV
NBT channel
MCOT Radio Network, NBT Radio
TLS   East Timor RTTL Televisão Timor Leste Radio Timor Leste
VIE   Vietnam VTC
Voice of Vietnam

Concerns and controversiesEdit

  • In the Pencak silat men's class F (70–75 kg) event, Secretary–General of the Malaysian National Silat Federation (Pesaka) Datuk Megat Zulkarnain Omardin was dissatisfied with what he said was an unfair ruling by the event's chairman of the jury in the semifinal match between Mohd Fauzi Khalid of Malaysia and Muhd Nur Alfian Juma'en of Singapore, the host nation.[57] At the final moments of the last round, Muhd Nur Alfian made a controversial drop on Mohd Fauzi which was later deemed to be valid after consultation with the chairman as well as with the panel of five jury members. Megat Zulkarnain said that after watching video replays of the drop, the drop should not have counted as Mohd Fauzi was pulled down instead of being dropped legally according to the regulations, and thus Malaysia should have won the match instead. He felt that the eventual decision to award the match to Singapore's Muhd Nur Alfian was just so as to maintain the dignity of the home nation's pencak silat, which was widely criticized by many nations.[57]
  • During the closing ceremony, spectators were shuffled from gate to gate in order to enter through a gate with fewer people resulting in them not being able to watch the ceremony. Some spectators were also told that the stadium was full. SINGSOC has made an official statement that they will offer a full refund to those who purchased a ticket and were unable to be seated, as well as getting the supporters’ medallion.[58][59][60]

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