JAKARTA (15 Nov 2011) – Singapore will host the 28th SEA Games in 2015 to mark the country’s 50th anniversary of independence.
Gen Yutthasak Sasiprabha, president of the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, said after this week’s meeting of chiefs of member countries that Singapore had been overwhelmingly approved to host the Games.
It will be the fourth time the island state has host the SEA Games after organising three events in 1973, 1983 and 1993. “They promise to organise a good tournament,” said Gen Yutthasak to the Bangkok Post.
Singapore had previously refused to host the Games many times as they were apparently more interested in organising bigger events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics.
It was their turn to host the 2007 SEA Games but they claimed that their Sports Hub in Kallang would not be ready in time. As a result, the job went to Thailand who hosted the edition in Nakhon Ratchasima.
Gen Yutthasak said the next SEA Games in 2013 will be held in Myanmar’s two cities of Yangon and Napyidaw.