28th SEA Games Closing Ceremony Fireworks

The 2015 SEA Games, or the 28th South East Asia Games, finished on 16 Jun 2015 with a fireworks display, unfortunately there was no wind again and my view of the fireworks was progressively blocked by the smoke from each of the previous sets of fireworks.


The SEA Games Flame

The reported cost of the 28th SEA Games was around SGD324 million. No idea if this event generated the same or more revenue or how many visitors came to Singapore to spectate. I guess one of the benefits of the games was that Singapore did get to show the place off!

There were around 4,800 athletes from 11 nations who competed in the 36 disciplines / sports. The 28th SEA Games was the first for Timor-Leste



Brunei 73
Cambodia 177
Indonesia 517
Laos 183
Malaysia 644
Myanmar 382
Philippines 466
Singapore 743
Thailand 744
Timor-Leste 59
Vietnam 382

Sports / Disciplines

Archery Athletics Badminton Basketball
Billiards and Snooker Bowling Boxing Canoeing
Cycling Diving Equestrian Fencing
Floorball Football (Soccer) Golf Gymnastics
Hockey Judo Netball Pencak Silat
Petanque Rowing Rugby 7’s Sailing
Sepaktakraw Shooting Softball Squash
Swimming Synchronised Swimming Table Tennis Taekwondo
Tennis Traditional Boat Race (Dragon Boat) Triathlon Volleyball (Indoor)
Water Polo Waterski & Wakeboard Wushu

Interesting 28th SEA Games Stories

  • During the Mens Marathon Singaporean Runner Ashley Liew slowed down for the other competitors who were in front of him until they took a wrong turn, letting them past once they had realised their error and returned to the actual course. If he had not decided to slow down he would have won the race
  • The Singaporean Young Lions Soccer Team Coach resigned straight after the team lost to Indonesia 1-0 in the quarter finals, their worst performance in the games. The Gold Medal was won by Thailand, 3-0 vs Myanmar
  • Several cyclists from Malaysia and Singapore had food poisoning which impacted their ability to perform during their events. Apparently this was the second time that food poisoning had occurred during a major sporting event in Singapore, the first case occurred during the 2010 Youth Olympic Games
  • The Philippines Women’s Volleyball Team demanded that the Games Officials perform a test on one of the Vietnamese Players to confirm their gender. The request was denied. She does look very manly, so I can understand why.

 In the end Singapore easily exceeded its medal target of 50 gold medals and was second on the gold medal tally. The 28th SEA Games were Singapore’s most successful to date.

Medal Tally

1  Thailand 95 83 69 247
2  Singapore 84 73 102 259
3  Vietnam 73 53 60 186
4  Malaysia 62 58 66 186
5  Indonesia 47 61 74 182
6  Philippines 29 36 66 131
7  Myanmar 12 26 31 69
8  Cambodia 1 5 9 15
9  Laos 0 4 25 29
10  Brunei 0 1 6 7
11  Timor-Leste 0 1 1 2


403 401 509 1313


The scene after the Closing Ceremony was complete.

Malaysia is the host of the 29th South East Asian Games in 2017.

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