Prime Minister Hun Sen met with over 3,500 athletes at Koh Pich for a meet and greet dinner where he took the opportunity to express his admiration for the kingdom’s athletes.
The Cambodian premier at Tuesday’s dinner expressed pride in Cambodian athlete’s medal wins abroad and said he hoped that there would continue to be improvements. He stressed that the government is currently working to build infrastructure. He urged all athletes to focus on promoting the virtue of sports.
Thong Khon, minister of tourism and president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, added that the dinner strengthened solidarity between Cambodia’s sporting community.
Almost 4,000 attendees from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, the Paralympic Committee, national sporting federations, the military, the national police were among other distinguished guests.
Cambodia will host the 2023 Southeast Asian games – the regional sporting showpiece and for which construction of a China-funded stadium began last April on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh.
According to a report by Dr. Khon, the president of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, the main stadium is estimated to cost $157 million which is aided by the Chinese government.
The stadium, covering an area of 16.4 hectares, is expected to be completed at the end of 2020.