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The mascot for the 26th Southeast Asia Games was officially unveiled in Jakarta Monday. The launch also marks the start of a 200-day countdown to the biggest sporting event in Southeast Asia. Let's go to Jakarta for a look at the excitement.
A night of singing and dancing at the launch of the mascot for the 2011 Southeast Asia Games, or the SEA Games, at the Beautiful Miniature Park of Indonesia in Jakarta on Monday.
In the middle of the show, a Komodo dragon doll walked slowly toward the center of the stage. Yes... the Komodo dragon is the mascot of the 26th SEA Games, the biggest sporting event in Southeast Asia.
The Komodo dragon mascot named "Modo" for male and "Modi" for female, is an animal native to Indonesia. The Komodo dragon is also the largest lizard in the world.
The launch of the SEA Games mascot was also followed by the launch of the 26th SEA Games official song,[...].
[Andi Mallarangeng, Indonesian Minister of Youth and Sport]:
"200 days towards the SEA Games, we introduce the mascot, 'Modo' and 'Modi,' this is a typical animal of Indonesia, our pride, a Komodo dragon, which also received the nomination for one of the seven wonders of the world."
The Games will be held from November 11 to 25 in Jakarta and Palembang. The event will be attended by athletes from 11 countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, the Philippines and Timor Leste.
Forty three sports will be contested. In addition, there will also be two new sports: Vovinam and Pentaque.
[Prijanto, Deputy Governor of Jakarta]:
"We expect the participation of all Indonesian people to support the SEA Games... supporting the Indonesian athletes so they can achieve the best performance. Indonesia should be proud to become the host of the SEA Games."
NTD, Jakarta, Indonesia