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22nd Southeast Asian Games
22nd Southeast Asian Games

Nations participating 11
Athletes participating over 5000
Events 42 sports
Opening ceremony December 5, 2003
Closing ceremony December 13, 2003
Officially opened by Phan Van Khai
Vietnamese Prime Minister
Athlete's Oath Nguyễn Mạnh Tường
Judge's Oath Hoàng Xuân Vinh
Torch Lighter Nguyễn Thúy Hiền
Ceremony venue My Dinh National Stadium, Hanoi

The 22nd Southeast Asian Games were held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 5 December - 13 December 2003. The games were opened by Vietnamese prime minister Phan Van Khai in the newly constructed My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi. The games torch was lit by Nguyen Thuy Hien of Wushu. It was the first time in SEA Games history that the game venues were assigned into two cities namely Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.Timor-leste(name by United Nations East Timor) have the first time played in Southeast Asian Games.


Medal table

(Host nation highlighted.)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Vietnam 158 97 91 346
2  Thailand 90 93 98 281
3  Indonesia 55 68 98 221
4  Philippines 49 55 75 179
5  Malaysia 43 42 59 144
6  Singapore 30 33 50 113
7  Myanmar 16 43 50 109
8  Laos 1 5 15 21
9  Cambodia 1 5 11 17
10  Brunei 1 1 8 10
11  Timor-Leste 0 0 0 0

Logo and Hymn

Trau Vang, a golden buffalo is the official mascot of the games.

Painter Nguyen Chi Long inspired by the 22nd SEA Games logo is based on a legendary bird named "Chim Lac". The bird decorated the Ngoc Lu bronze drum, a typical antiquity of the ancient Dong Son Vietnamese culture. The Emblem is composed of harmonious and vigorous curves, creating a feeling of movement and strength which conforms to the Olympic Spirit: "Faster, Higher and Stronger". The colorful whirls represent the tough competitiveness in sports.

The 10 intersecting circles, the symbol of the South East Asian Sport Federation, are to emphasize the solidarity, friendship and nobility, which are highly esteemed by Vietnam - the host country of the 22nd SEA Games.

The games' hymn was "For the World of Tomorrow". It was composed by Nguyen Quang Vinh.


Painter Nguyen Thai Hung choose Trâu Vàng, the golden water buffalo as the mascot for the 22nd SEA Games. With a gentle and harmonious nature, the clever Buffalo has become synonymous with the water and rice cilivization that is so important in Vietnam, as well as in other Southeast Asian countries.

To Vietnamese people, the Golden Buffalo symbolizes a golden harvest, prosperity, happiness, power and the Vietnamese martial spirit.


¹ - not an official Olympic Sport
² - sport played only in the SEA Games
³ - not a traditional Olympic nor SEA Games Sport and introduced only by the host country.


Vietnam, the host country, won a bunch of gold medals from many sports especially those which were scored by judges such as wushu, judo and karatedo. Some believed that they wanted to gain fame and get the overall championship through the mentioned sports. Many believed that this was exactly their tactic to influence the games and grab the overall crown.

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Preceded by
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Southeast Asian Games Succeeded by
multiple venues, Philippines


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