Colourful opening ceremony marks the start of SEA Games
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games started with a glittering opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, with teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through the national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor.
Even the torrential rain early on failed to dampen the spirit and Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.
The artistic gymnastics event will start on Sunday till Wednesday while rhythmic events will be from August 26.
Earlier, a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took centre stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of colour.
About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from gymnastics, boxing, equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls.