28th SEA Games officially opened yesterday at Singapore.


The 28th SEA (South East Asian) Games officially opened yesterday on 5th June 2015 at the new National Stadium with Singapore being the host nation. It is a biennial (held once every two years) multi-sport event involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia region (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, Philippines, Timor-Leste). The current 28th edition of the games started few days earlier (from 29th May) and will end with a closing ceremony on 16th June 2015.

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I didn’t know that its opening ceremony was on yesterday. I always thought it will be on this evening. Fortunately, Youtube provided the complete video of the ceremony and I watched a major portion of it this afternoon. The ceremony that took a little over two hours was impressively done but it wasn’t anything that I’m considering unforgettable. However, it’s only South East Asian Games, and not bigger ones like Asian Games or Olympic Games. Hence, it is already an amazing ceremony based on SEA Games standard.

Here are some of the beautiful photographs of the opening ceremony:

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My brief opinions of the ceremony;

1. The fireworks were good. But it would be better if there are also fireworks from the city.

2. The performances depend too much on the lighting projection on the floor. I knew it is beautiful, but it minimizes the opportunities for many great acts that performers can do on their part.

3. Some sequences were too slow and draggy. That’s why I skipped some part of the ceremony when I watched it this afternoon.

4. The design of the torch is too simple. But its cauldron in DNA form is interesting. Parts of the show based on DNA theme is also interesting.

5. The stadium and its surrounding are beautiful!…

The new National Stadium of Singapore where the opening ceremony was held forms the major part of the new Singapore Sports Hub, a complex of multiple sporting venues in one place at Kallang. The national stadium of maximum 55 000 capacity has a dome and a retractable roof, hence it can be an outdoor or an indoor venue. It’s a beautiful stadium in the beautiful city of Singapore.

Let’s hope that our Malaysian athletes will perform very well in this SEA Games. And do you know that Malaysia will be hosting the next edition of this games. It will be Kuala Lumpur 2017. However, I’m wishing that Malaysia should aims bigger and try to bid for the hosting job of larger games like Asian Games or even Olympic Games in near future.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

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