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SEA Games: Myanmar closes successful Games, hands over to Singapore

Students perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Naypyidaw, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Students perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Naypyidaw, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Fireworks explode at the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Fireworks explode at the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Myanmar traditional elephant dances are performed during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Myanmar traditional elephant dances are performed during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Students perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Naypyidaw, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Students perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Naypyidaw, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Students perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Naypyidaw, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Students perform during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Naypyidaw, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
ASEAN countries' flags are carried during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
ASEAN countries' flags are carried during the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Closing ceremony of the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Dec 22, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Fireworks explode at the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Fireworks explode at the closing ceremony of the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, on Dec 22, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP

Myanmar drew a close to three weeks of sporting celebration with a lavish Closing Ceremony that marked the end of the 27th SEA Games on Sunday.

The ceremony also marked the start of Singapore's hosting of the 2015 edition. In a symbolic handover gesture near the end of the ceremony, Mr Tint Hsan, chairman of the Myanmar SEA Games Organising Committee, handed over the SEA Games flag to Singapore's Acting Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin, who is also an executive committee member of the Singapore National Olympic Council.

That is followed by a performance item specially put up Singapore Soka Association members and national athletes from gymnastics and taekwondo.

Online, yesterday also saw the launch of the 2015 Games' official website (www.seagames2015.com) and Facebook page. Other key components like the theme song, mascot and logo will be rolled out from next February.

Said Mr Tint Hsan: "Although the Asean region has so many different religions, dialects and traditions, the fact that we are able to compete in friendship throughout the SEA showed everyone the unifying power of sports."

Singapore's International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Ng Ser Miang, handed the Myanmar SEA Games organising committee the IOC Trophy for successfully hosting the Games after a 44-year hiatus.