YANGON, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein has hailed the country's excellent performance for the second-place ranking in the overall medal tally of the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, which ended on Sunday, reported state media Monday.
U Thein Sein praised and honored Myanmar athletes and sports federations for their excellence performance in the regional games and those departments concerned, organizations and persons who made contributions to the successful holding of the SEA Games and the entire people who offered their great support.
Similarly, the parliament also extended the same honor to the participants.
The 27th Southeast Asia Games closed in Nya Pyi Taw's Wunna Theikdi Stadium Sunday evening with host Myanmar collecting 86 out of the 460 golds available for a total of 233 medals.
Athletes from 11 nations compete in the biggest biennial tournament that stages multi-sports in four different places of Myanmar.
Myanmar athletes scored memorable victories in many of the traditional sports such as chinlone, traditional boat race while also sweeping in sports such as muay, sepaktakraw, taekwondo, and others.
The hosts also won golds in the drama-filled wushu and vovinam competitions, but their under-23 football team spoiled the passion of the nation with its leaving in the group-stage.
The gold most craved by the home fans was in the under-23 football, but instead they faced heartbreak as Indonesia took the opportunity from Myanmar to go to semi-final.
Singapore will next host the 28th SEA Games in 2015.
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NAY PYI TAW, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games features both farewell (by the host Myanmar for this edition) and a welcome (to Singapore the host of next edition in 2015), at Nay Pyi Taw's Wunna Theikdi Stadium on Sunday night.
U Tint San, the minister for sports, transferred the SEA Games flag to the Singapore delegate as a token action of transferring hosting right to Singapore, who will host 28th SEA Games in 2015 in Singapore. Full story