2005 Southeast Asian Games

2005 Southeast Asian Games

2005 Southeast Asian Games

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The 23rd Southeast Asian Games (also known as the 2005 SEAG) were held in the Philippines from November 27 to December 5 in 2005. The games were participated by the eleven (11) nations of Southeast Asia. This was the first time that the opening and closing ceremonies were held in a large open field, despite the fact that Manila has many stadiums and/or arenas. The organization decided to hold the games at an open space to accommodate the large number of participants and spectators. As a result, the 2005 SEAG ranks as having the largest audience having reached 200,000 people during the opening and closing ceremonies. These games were also noted for having the most number of delegates in the history of the SEA Games. In the end, all participating countries received medals. The event was meant to tighten ties among Southeast Asian countries as a region and as a preparation as well for the upcoming Asian Games and Olympic Games .

Events in men's football actually started on November 20, prior to the opening ceremony. Water polo events began on November 21, women's football on November 23, sailing on November 26, and tennis on November 26.

The first gold medal of the games was awarded to Singapore on November 25 when their water polo team came out undefeated during the round-robin tournament round. The Philippine team took the silver medal in that event, and Malaysia brought home the bronze.

East Timor made their first medal in Southeast Asian Games with 3 bronze medal.The Games...
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