Guide to the up­com­ing SEA Games

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Nawaf Rah­man breaks down the big­gest sport­ing event in the re­gion so you can take the kids to cheer your favourite ath­lete or coun­try on

COME AU­GUST, Malaysia will host the South­east Asian (SEA) Games 16 years af­ter it last hosted the bi­en­nial re­gional event. In Septem­ber, the sport­ing spot­light then shines on the 9th ASEAN Para Games. This is the sixth and third time KL will be host­ing the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games re­spec­tively, and is par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant as 2017 is also the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee (60 years) of the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence.

When does it start?

The 29th edi­tion of the SEA Games will be held from Au­gust 19 to 31, while the 9th ASEAN Para Games will take place from Septem­ber 17 to 23.

How many sports are be­ing con­tested?

The 29th SEA Games will fea­ture a to­tal of 405 events in 38 sports, while the Para Games will fea­ture 16 sports. Two win­ter sports will make their de­but – ice hockey and ice skat­ing – and prom­ises to be truly ex­cit­ing. Other events mak­ing their first appearance are cricket, bridge and Tarung Der­a­jat (Ja­vanese mar­tial arts).

What are the theme, logo and mas­cot?

Both the Games will use the same logo, theme and mas­cot; fun fact: Malaysia will be the first host ever to do so. The theme and tagline is ‘Ris­ing to­gether’, which truly en­cap­su­lates the essence of the Games and Para Games.

While the logo is in­spired by the tra­di­tional Malaysian wau bu­lan (kite), the ren­di­tion is ab­stract and adorned with a com­bi­na­tion of pat­terns and colours rep­re­sent­ing the par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries. The of­fi­cial mas­cot is a Malayan tiger named RIMAU (Re­spect, In­tegrity, Move, At­ti­tude and Unity) and em­bod­ies the spirit of the Games and the qual­i­ties of the ath­letes. It’s quite a cute char­ac­ter too.

Where can I watch the events?

Most of the SEA Games will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Sports City in Bukit Jalil, Malaysian In­ter­na­tional Trade Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (MITEC), Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (KLCC) and Pu­tra­jaya. There will be a cou­ple of other states play­ing host as well, like Tereng­ganu for an eques­trian event and Langkawi for the sail­ing event.

How much are tick­ets and where can I pur­chase them?

Tick­ets for the SEA Games are priced at RM10 and RM20 and are avail­able for on­line pur­chase via their web­site, as well as au­tho­rised tick­et­ing coun­ters (to be an­nounced soon) and ticket kiosks at the venues them­selves.

Note that free ad­mis­sion will be of­fered to more than half of the 38 sports, ex­clud­ing the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, aquat­ics (div­ing, swim­ming, syn­chro­nised swim­ming and wa­ter polo), bad­minton, gym­nas­tics, karate, taek­wondo, silat, fut­sal, net­ball, rugby, cy­cling (track), bas­ket­ball,

sepak takraw, bil­liard and snooker, muay Thai and foot­ball.

How to get to the venues?

It’s highly rec­om­mended to use pub­lic trans­port like buses and trains as most of the venues are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. There will also be free bike shar­ing ser­vices to and from LRT/MRT sta­tions if you’re tak­ing the trains. And if you’re not a fan of pub­lic trans­port, there’s the op­tion of us­ing Grab and Uber. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit kualalumpur2017.com.my.

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