Official logo / Courtesy of www.seag2011.com
Update: The Games have finished! Have a look at the winners, highlights, and medals tallies for the SEA Games 2011.
The 26th biannual SEA Games, or Southeast Asian Games, are getting ready to start back up in November.
Running from November 11 - 22, the SEA Games are Southeast Asia's version of the Olympics.
Elite athletes from 11 countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei, Indonesia, Philippines, and East Timor) will compete for gold in a huge variety of disciplines which even includes rollerskating, chess, and equestrian sports along with all the usual Olympic favorites.
This iteration of the SEA Games is being hosted by Indonesia in Jakarta and Palembang, Sumatra. Although quite different than the wild North Sumatra I explored earlier this year, Palembang in South Sumatra is only the third host city since the games began to not be a capital; the other two were Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand.
The opening and closing ceremonies for the SEA Games 2011 will be held in Palembang, Sumatra, as well as 296 sporting events -- even more than in Jakarta.
With so many athletes and their support staff descending on such a small venue, naval vessels at port are actually being used as floating hotels.
Keeping with an Indonesian theme, the official mascots of the Southeast Asian Games 2011 are Modo and Modi, two personable Komodo dragons from Komodo National Park.
Tune in later, I'll be posting medal results and headlines from this exciting event. For a schedule of disciplines, visit the official SEA Games website.