2003 Southeast Asian Games
|22nd Southeast Asian Games|
|Athletes participating||over 5000|
|Officially opened by|| Phan Van Khai|
Vietnamese Prime Minister
|Torch lighter|| Nguyen Thuy Hien|
|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 SEAG history that the game venues were assigned into two cities namely Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
(Host nation highlighted.)
Logo and Hymn
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.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Southeast Asian Games|| Succeeded by|
multiple venues, Philippines
|Southeast Asian Peninsular Games|
| Thailand 1959 | Burma 1961 | Cambodia 1963¹ | Malaysia 1965 | Thailand 1967 |
Burma 1969 | Malaysia 1971 | Singapore 1973 | Thailand 1975
| Southeast Asian Games|
| Malaysia 1977 | Indonesia 1979 | Philippines 1981 | Singapore 1983 | Thailand 1985 |
Indonesia 1987 | Malaysia 1989 | Philippines 1991 | Singapore 1993 | Thailand 1995 | Indonesia 1997 | Brunei Darussalam 1999 | Malaysia 2001 | Vietnam 2003 | Philippines 2005 | Thailand 2007 | Laos 2009 | Indonesia 2011 | Singapore 2013 | Malaysia 2015 | Brunei 2017 | Philippines 2019
|¹Cancelled as host pulled out.|