Archers win Singapore's 1st medal of Southeast Asian Games

Ruben Hill
August 19, 2017

Crowds began arriving at Bukit Jalil stadium as early as 12pm for the opening ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (19 August), despite the event having been scheduled to begin only at 8pm.

From marching bands to fireworks and an elaborate light show, Malaysia showcases well its culture, traditions, and modern tastes.

Some 4,700 athletes from the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Brunie, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam as well as Timor Leste are to compete in the games to run until August 31.

The nearly 500-strong contingent of Filipino athletes was the second country to enter the stadium, donning a blue top and white trousers.

Spectators packing the almost 90,000-capacity stadium also greeted the rest of the 10 participating countries with loud applause as they marched according to the alphabetical order starting with Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia as the final group.

The country is aiming to improve from its 29-gold medal haul and 6th place finish two years ago in Singapore. In an interview, chef de mission Cynthia Carrion said the Philippine Olympic Committee is eyeing at least 50 golds.

Hosts Malaysia has the most athletes at the games, with 844 athletes competing while Thailand has the most personnel, with 816 athletes and 446 officials involved at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

"I don't think we've got any regrets because our overall performance was awesome, even though results didn't go our way [in the final]", Lee told Singapore's Today Online. We now have Olympics and world champions. "This is where it all began; that is why the theme is rising together", Jamaluddin said.

This is the sixth time Malaysia is hosting the regional Games after holding the competition in 1965, 1971, 1977, 1989 and 2001.

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