The eleven member countries of this multi-sport event are Brunei, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. The South East Asian Games is a biannual multi-sport event which has its own flag. The flag displays six golden rings interlocking each other forming a circle on a blue field. This flag was used from the first game of South East Asian Games in 1959 till 1997. The current flag which is now being used since 1999 has ten rings on the flag instead of six. This flag is lowered in the ceremony, folded and then presented showing the next host of the SEA Games.
The names of the sports included in South Easy Asian Games are 43. the names of the sports included in this event are Archery, Arnis, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Billiards, Body Building, Bowling, Boxing, Chess, Cycling, Dance Sport, Diving, Dragon Boat, Equestrian, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, karate, Kayak, Lawn Bowls Muay Thai, Pencak Silat, Petanque, Rowing, Sailing, Sepak Takraw, Shooting, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Wushu. During the 48 years of this sports event Thailand has hosted six times, Malaysia has hosted five times, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines has hosted four times, Burma (now known as Myanmar) has hosted this exciting event two times and finally Brunei, Vietnam and Laos has hosted just one time.
The 24th South East Asian Games will be held in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from December 6 to December 16, 2007. It will be the sixth time Thailand is hosting this event. The further list of hosting countries in the upcoming years is given below:
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The South East Asian Games (SEAG) is a great way to get to know your neighboring countries. These kind of sporting events bring the countries as well as the citizens closer to each other removing all kind of barriers that holds two countries apart from each other. More of these events should be held to bring the world in an interaction with other casts, creed and different religion. The organization is working hard to keep the competition fresh and exciting by introducing more and more skillful and brilliant athletes as well as sports in the event.