Rahul Sharma

1995 Southeast Asian Games

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Host city  Chiang Mai, Thailand
Events  28 sports
Closing ceremony  17 December 1995
Nations participating  10
Opening ceremony  9 December 1995
1995 Southeast Asian Games
Officially opened by  Vajiralongkorn Crown Prince of Thailand

The 1995 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 18th Southeast Asian Games, was a 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 by Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. With the return of Cambodia, all ten members of the federation were present to compete in the SEA Games for the first time.

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This was the fifth time Thailand hosted the games and its first since 1985. Thailand is the first nation to host the Southeast Asian Games before Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The final medal tally was led by host Thailand, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines. Several World, Asian, Games and National Records were broken during the games. With little or no controversies at all, the games were deemed generally successful with the rising standard of competition amongst the Southeast Asian nations.

Development and preparation

The Chiang Mai SEA Games Organising Committee (CMSOC) was formed to oversee the staging of the games.

Venues

The 18th Southeast Asian Games had 23 venues for the games, 19 in Chiang Mai, 3 in Chonburi and 1 in Lamphun.

Logo and mascot

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 in which the important thing is not to win, but to take part. 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, it's 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 village the Bo Sang Village of Chiang Mai province is famed throughout Thailand for the making of exquisitely hand made and painted umbrellas.

Medal table

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.

Key

  *   Host nation (Thailand)

References

1995 Southeast Asian Games Wikipedia


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