Since the inaugural South-East Asian Peninsular Games, which was what SEA Games was called back in 1959, the ASEAN region saw a number of royalties participating in the biennial event. In 1967, the late King Bhumibol of Thailand together with his daughter Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya, won a gold medal for the OK Dinghy class sailing event.
Meanwhile, in 2009, the Brunei Crown-Prince Al-Muhtadee Billah competed in the billiard and snooker event.
This year is no different, except most of the monarchs are competing for the equestrian event, very fitting!
One thing’s for sure they’re not going to get any royal treatments during their matches so it’s all down to good skills and sportsmanships.
Get to know the royal entourage in this sporting realm from Malaysia’s own Sultan of Terengganu to a team of Brunei royalties. Here are the three countries with blue-blooded representatives competing in the 29th SEA Games 2017!
Our very own Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu made history as the first Sultan to compete in the SEA Games. Not only that, but he also won not one but two gold medals for the individual and team category for the equestrian endurance race. The Terengganu state ruler completed his 80km individual event with his ride, ‘Rtse Annaversary’ after nearly six hours. He also broke the previous record held by Mohd Sulaiman Muda at the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar. Now the Sultan is ranked 4th place in the world under the event.
Extra: Also worth mentioning, our Minister of Youth and Sport, Khairy Jamaluddin is the first Malaysian sports minister to ever join the Games. He is one of the seven members of the Equestrian polo team.