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Bi-annual SEA Games drives sport infrastructure in southeast asia

The 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar is in progress after a prequalifying schedule and opening ceremony on 11 December. It feature 33 sports, with stadiums, aquatic centres and sport arenas hosting track and field, basketball, swimming and boxing, plus Asian sports such as sepak takraw, a cross between football and volleyball, and pencak silat, a form of martial arts.

The event will feature over 5,900 athletes from 11 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as host Myanmar.

The main sports venues for the Games are the Wunna Theikdi and Zayar Thiri Stadiums in the capital Naypyitaw along with other facilities in Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwehsaung.

The Games Sports Village, including accommodation hostels, training venues and other facilities, has also been built in Naypyittaw.

The SEA Games have been held every two years since 1959. Myanmar hosted the event in 1961 and 1969. Singapore will host the 2015 edition at the new Sports Hub.

Find out more about the sports infrastructure in southeast asia in the Winter edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.