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Nearly 5,000 athletes expected to attend 27th SEA Games in Myanmar

2013-07-26 12:26:00 Xinhuanet

YANGON, July 25 (Xinhua) -- About 5,000 athletes are expected to take part in the 27th Southeast Asian Games to be held in Myanmar in December this year, local media reported Thursday.

The 27th SEA Games which will be joined by a total of 11 countries from Southeast Asian region is scheduled to run from Dec. 11 to 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung Beach, said the Yangon Times Daily.

According to the estimated lists sent from the participating nations, Malaysia boasts the largest number with 838 athletes, followed by host Myanmar with 828, Thailand with 827, Indonesia with 695, Vietnam with 693, Singapore with 550, the Philippines with 446 and Laos with 388.

In the previous 26th SEA Games, Myanmar dispatched 477 athletes and grabbed 80 medals, standing 7th in the Games.

In this year's SEA Games, 33 sports events will be put in the list and 460 gold medals will be awarded.

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