The 27th South-East Asian 2013, also known as “Sea Games”, are going to be held in the city of Naypyidaw that is the new capital of Myanmar. The event will start on December 11th and it will go on until December 22nd. 11 Nations participating to the games like Myanmar (MYA), Thailand (THA), Vietnam (VIE), Malaysia (MAS), Cambodia (CAM), Laos (LAO), Indonesia (INA), Philippines (PHI), Singapore (SIN), Brunei (BRU) and Timor-Leste (TLS). 460 events in 33 sports:
Traditional Burma sport
Gone in the roster of sports were tennis, baseball, softball, fencing, bowling, bridge, wall climbing and Finswimming.
The official Motto is: “Green, Clean, and Friendship“, although we recently saw this article on the Inquirer Daily in which Richie Garcia, Philippine Sports Commission chair, accuse that Myanmar not only removed from the calendar of events sports where the Filipinos were expected to win 16 golds but replaced them with medal-rich ethnic sports which the host nation is sure to dominate.
Also the Wikipedia SEA Games 2013 page describes these controversies:
- The inclusion of Chinlone, a traditional Burmese sport and the exclusion of Olympic sports like gymnastics and tennis became one of the controversial issues heading before the 27th Southeast Asian Games.
- The host nation also include Sittuyin, a traditional Burmese chess, as a traditional chess number along with common chess competition number. Other competing nations are not familiar with this traditional Burmese chess and clearly Myanmar has advantage in this number. It is suspected as the host effort to boost their gold medals opportunity.
- Due to the reduction of a number of Olympic sports and addition of non-Olympic sports and sports wherein the host country excels, the Philippines decided to send only its top athletes instead of a full-house delegation as in the previous games. The Philippines will be sending 208 athletes only, the smallest delegation since the 1999 Brunei SEA Games.
Official Sea Games 2013 web site: http://www.27seagames2013.com