The Games are also considered both a spectacular event and a valuable opportunity for athletes to gain competition experience and preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games. The South East Asian games were purposely created to strengthen friendship, solidarity and understanding among neighboring countries in the region.
This years Games are a number of entertaining regional multi-sport events which feature not only many well-known Olympic disciplines, but also traditional games unique to the locality. Two traditional Southeast Asian sports were included at the 2005 SEA Games-sepaktakraw and wushu.
For many years now, the SEA Games is deemed as a solid foundation where Asian people meet as one in a friendly competition as such.
The time has come once again to celebrate the games that brought every nation in the South East Asian region with one goal: To defy the greatest challenge and to contend as a true athlete in honor of our nation.