The 11 participating countries are: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
SEA Games 2017 will wrap up on August 31, on the occasion of the 60th National Day of Malaysia.
Performers from the host country wearing colorful costumes showcased dazzling routines and synchronized acts, along with dancing LED lights in the two-hour-long ceremony boasting Malaysia's rich culture, a display that delighted nearly 5,000 competing athletes from 11 member nations. The Filipino delegates were led by this edition's flagbearer, Kirstie Elaine Alora, a taekwondo jin and 2016 Rio Olympics veteran.
The win also avenges the team's narrow defeat to Singapore at the 2015 Games.
Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said during the opening ceremony that the SEA Games played a significant role in using sports to unite and bring out the best in Asean athletes. I Gede Siman Sudartawa was the flag bearer, while Aziz Syamsuddin was the Chef-de-Mission.
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Malaysian sports icons also graced the opening ceremonies of the biennial meet, with diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri carrying the torch to light the Games' cauldron.
"We have come a long way. With the camaraderie and the support within our team, we can take each other to new heights", the Olympic champion stressed.
The SEA Games is the best stage to share the past, present and future collective experience among the countries in the region.
"Thank you for your support and cooperation and on behalf of the federation, I would also like to congratulate and thank Malaysia for hosting this Games", he said before the opening ceremony which was graced by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil last night. This is is the sixth time Malaysia has hosted the regional games.