SEA Games open with much fanfare

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SEA Games 2013 opening ceremonyMyanmar officially opened the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on December 11 with a flashy ceremony in the country’s capital of Naypyitaw.

Tens of thousands of people witnessed a lavish spectacle of lights and pyrotechnics at the ceremony. Fireworks exploded above the 30,000-seat, specially-built Wunna Theikdi Stadium, as a series of screens beamed a dramatic light show during the extravaganza.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, U Tint San, Union Minister of Sports, said: “It gives me great pride and tremendous honour to welcome you all to this truly momentous occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the 27th SEA Games.”

“Firstly, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all the members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation countries and our friends for their full support and great trust in Myanmar to host the 27th Games.

“In the sense of green, authenticity, transparency, understanding, warmness, cleanliness and friendship, we are hosting the Games in line with the motto of ‘Green, Clean and Friendship’.

“Hosting the SEA Games is not simply engaging in sports competition, but it is, indeed, an honour and privilege to present the cultural exchanges, fraternal ties and cordial relations among Southeast Asian countries, as Myanmar believes it is able to promote similar conduct in the field of sports,” added the minister.

San also confirmed that there would be 33 sporting events held during 22 days and they would be conducted under the guidelines of the International Sport Federations and SEA Games Federation Charter and Rules. Also, 460 gold medals will be awarded to winners of events.

It is the third time Myanmar has hosted the SEA Games. The first and second Games were held in Myanmar in 1961 and 1969.

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Myanmar officially opened the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on December 11 with a flashy ceremony in the country’s capital of Naypyitaw.

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SEA Games 2013 opening ceremonyMyanmar officially opened the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on December 11 with a flashy ceremony in the country’s capital of Naypyitaw.

Tens of thousands of people witnessed a lavish spectacle of lights and pyrotechnics at the ceremony. Fireworks exploded above the 30,000-seat, specially-built Wunna Theikdi Stadium, as a series of screens beamed a dramatic light show during the extravaganza.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, U Tint San, Union Minister of Sports, said: “It gives me great pride and tremendous honour to welcome you all to this truly momentous occasion of the Opening Ceremony of the 27th SEA Games.”

“Firstly, I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all the members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation countries and our friends for their full support and great trust in Myanmar to host the 27th Games.

“In the sense of green, authenticity, transparency, understanding, warmness, cleanliness and friendship, we are hosting the Games in line with the motto of ‘Green, Clean and Friendship’.

“Hosting the SEA Games is not simply engaging in sports competition, but it is, indeed, an honour and privilege to present the cultural exchanges, fraternal ties and cordial relations among Southeast Asian countries, as Myanmar believes it is able to promote similar conduct in the field of sports,” added the minister.

San also confirmed that there would be 33 sporting events held during 22 days and they would be conducted under the guidelines of the International Sport Federations and SEA Games Federation Charter and Rules. Also, 460 gold medals will be awarded to winners of events.

It is the third time Myanmar has hosted the SEA Games. The first and second Games were held in Myanmar in 1961 and 1969.

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