The 25th Southeast Asian SEA Games 2009 is scheduled to be held in Vientiane, Laos, in 2009.
This will be the first time Laos has ever held a Southeast Asian Games. It will also commemorate the 50 years of the SEA Games in the said event.
The expected contenders for the top three spots in this SEAG edition are Indonesia (strongest traditional powerhouse country), Malaysia (2001 SEAG over-all champion and placed 2nd in the 2007 SEAG edition), Philippines (3rd strongest traditional powerhouse country and 2005 SEAG over-all champion), Thailand (2nd strongest traditional powerhouse country, 2007 SEAG over-all champion and recently the strongest powerhouse country replacing Indonesia placing 2nd in the 2001, 2003, and 2005 editions) and Vietnam (2003 SEAG over-all champion and recently, considered to be the newest powerhouse country in SEA Games placing 3rd in the last two SEAG editions).
- Opening ceremony: December 9
- Closing ceremony: December 18
- Nations participating: 11
SEA Games 2009 Theme Song
The Theme Song of 2009 SEA Games had been announced at June 21, 2009 and the song The Spirit of the Flame – Written and performed by Sam Intharaphithak – was selected as Theme Song of 2009 SEA Games.
SEA Games 2009 Mascot
Two white elephants which symbolized Laos once “the kingdom of million elephants” (Lan Xang) were chosen as the official SEA Games 2009 mascots. The names of the elephants are Ms. Champi and Mr. Champa represent the national flower of Laos (Plumeria).