The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia met with 27 registered sporting committees yesterday morning to discuss and plan ahead of May’s second National Games.
Ouk Cheaakat, the director-general of the general department of sport at the Ministry of Youth, Education, and Sport, said that the meeting was vital to coordinate, prepare, and review proceedings.
“With 27 sports set to be played, the focus is on registering players and keeping contact with the organising teams and federations for each sport, said Mr. Cheaakat. “We need to get a move on as the time is near.”
Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the NOCC, said that the briefing regarding the opening and closing ceremonies included plans to involve performances from groups ranging from 700 to 1000 people. A proposal had been drafted and was submitted to the Ministry, added Mr. Chamroeun.
Reports suggest the NOCC has budgeted around of $600,000 for the opening and closing ceremonies.
“The opening and closing ceremonies are not just an indication of the games, said Mr. Chamreoun. “It also confirms the progress and dynamics of sports in Cambodia. We are organising and collaborating to ensure it goes smoothly.”
The games, a biennial event, will be better organised according to coordinators tasked with planning. The Ministry early last month reported it had allocated budgets for 34 national sports federations across Cambodia for 2018 and said a gold medal will now be rewarded with up to $200 (800,000 riel), up from the reported $37.50 (150,000 riel) from the 2016 games.
With the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games in August, the opportunity to expand competition to 282 events as well as taking the competition to Kampong Thom and Kep was one too good to miss.
The 2016 event, the kingdom’s first, was heralded a resounding success. More than 2,700 athletes from across the kingdom competed on behalf of their provinces in 15 sports.
As expected, Phnom Penh dominated the 2016 podium with a haul of 102 medals to their credit; 41 gold, 34 silver and 27 bronze.
The games will be part of preparations for Cambodia hosting the SEA Games in 2023 – the prestigious regional sporting spectacle.
The 2018 National Games will be held from May 25 to June 5.