21st ASEAN University Games: A Celebration of Student-Athlete Excellence

21st ASEAN University Games: A Celebration of Student-Athlete Excellence
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The ASEAN University Games (AUG) 2024 were held from June 25 to July 6, 2024, in Surabaya and Malang, Indonesia. The AUG is a biennial sports tournament for university students from Southeast Asia. This 12-day event saw participation from all ASEAN member countries, including Timor-Leste.

The 2024 edition marks the 21st ASEAN University Games. The tournament, held every two years, featured 21 sports events across nine venues in two cities (Surabaya and Malang) and included approximately 5,000 student-athletes. But what exactly is the ASEAN University Games (AUG)? Let's delve deeper!


The ASEAN University Games (AUG) were first held in 1981 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This regional sports event for university students is organized under the ASEAN University Sports Council (AUSC). The AUG aims to promote solidarity among students across ASEAN, provide opportunities for university athletes to excel in sports, and facilitate cross-cultural interactions among students in the region.

ASEAN University Games 2024

In this year's edition of the AUG, the host country Indonesia emerged as the overall champion. With a contingent of 392 student-athletes, Indonesia secured 126 gold, 99 silver, and 71 bronze medals, placing them at the top of the medal tally. Thailand followed in second place, and Malaysia came in third.

According to the official website of the Indonesian Talent Development Center (BPTI) under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, the 2024 ASEAN University Games featured 21 sports, including futsal, petanque, volleyball, swimming, tennis, 3x3 basketball, sport climbing, judo, handball, wushu, bridge, chess, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, archery, sepak takraw, taekwondo, karate, and pencak silat.

These 21 sports events were held at nine universities, each hosting different events. The participating universities included Universitas Negeri Surabaya, Universitas Airlangga, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Universitas Surabaya, UPN Veteran Jawa Timur, Universitas Negeri Malang, Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, and Universitas Islam Malang.

Read also: 21st ASEAN University Games 2024: Final Medal Standings

According to the official ASEAN University Games 2024 portal, the final standings for the tournament were as follows:

  1. Indonesia: 126 gold, 99 silver, and 71 bronze medals
  2. Thailand: 53 gold, 49 silver, and 29 bronze medals
  3. Malaysia: 38 gold, 47 silver, and 62 bronze medals
  4. Vietnam: 12 gold, 9 silver, and 5 bronze medals
  5. Singapore: 11 gold, 27 silver, and 36 bronze medals
  6. Philippines: 3 gold, 3 silver, and 9 bronze medals
  7. Laos: 3 gold, 2 silver, and 6 bronze medals
  8. Myanmar: 2 gold, 8 silver, and 1 bronze medal
  9. Cambodia: 1 gold, 5 silver, and 3 bronze medals
  10. Brunei Darussalam: 1 gold medal
  11. Timor-Leste: 1 silver and 9 bronze medals

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