Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged officials across the country to organise public places for people to exercise to improve public health and reduce illnesses.
Mr Hun Sen made the appeal on Monday during the closing ceremony of the Second National Games at Olympic Stadium.
“Beside sport and education, doing exercise for our people is still important,” he said. “I have called again and again for all authorities everywhere, in both cities and provinces, to organise public exercise places for people to reduce sickness and improve health.”
Mr Hun Sen said he wanted to see recreational sports expand, as it could prevent or reduce diseases, especially heart attacks and strokes.
The Prime Minister also reminded all leaders, especially at the Ministry of Education and the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia, to pay more attention to national sports to ensure the country wins more medals at the 32nd SEA Games in 2023 that Cambodia is hosting.
Vei Samnang, Kampong Speu provincial governor, said yesterday that he supported the recommendation of the Prime Minister to create public gyms.
“So far, there are three public places for exercise in my province,” he said. “More than 100 people in the province enjoy doing exercise every day from 4am until 9am and in the evening until 9pm,” he said.
Mr Samnang said that he planned to open another place, but did not have enough money yet.
“I think it is a good recommendation from Mr Hun Sen because he is paying attention to people and taking care of their health,” he said. “In previous times people paid a lot of attention only to their food and daily income.”