The 2023 Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) convened for the first time this year with stakeholders urged by officials to speed up preparations for the prestigious regional multi-disciplinary sporting showpiece.
The assembly was presided over by General Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense, and Chairman of CAMSOC. Also in attendance yesterday was Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) and incumbent secretary of CAMSOC who presented detailed development strategies.
“The meeting achieved the first result; meeting requirements for the government, explained Mr. Chamroeun. “Secondly, [speaking] with the relevant Ministries to support planning and implementation. Thirdly, the accelerating the opening of the General Secretariat of CAMSOC and ensuring the effectiveness of its activities; and finally, decisions on meetings, rules and regulations, and how [members] work in their respective roles need to be discussed,” he added.
Gen Banh expressed his gratitude to and said that, besides having a positive result, the meeting would serve to bolster and further strengthen planning. He especially urged federations and ministries to work towards sending athletes abroad for specialist training.
He also urged all stakeholders to speed up the implementation of the 2023 SEA Games manifesto and planning strategy.
Mr. Chamroeun clarified that planning is very much still at the discussion stage and decisions would require government approval for a final decision. CAMSOC has created 15 sub-committees to carry out its work effectively.
The meeting was also attended by senior leaders of CAMSOC including Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the NOCC.
Cambodia is preparing to host the 32nd SEA Games in Phnom Penh in 2023, and in some provinces including Kampot, Kep, Takeo, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Kampong Cham.
Construction for SEA Games-related projects started in April 2013 on a 94-hectare lot near National Road 5 in Russei Keo district on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh.
The large sports complex under construction for the last four years in northern Phnom Penh includes a new multi-million dollar stadium which will form the centrepiece for 2023. It is estimated to cost about $200 million when completed.
The complex, when complete, will accommodate 100,000 people, while the main stadium will hold between 60,000 and 75,000 spectators. This is a marked increase from Cambodia’s current largest stadium – the Olympic Stadium, which was completed in 1964 and designed by the late Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann. Mr Molyvann originally designed the stadium for the 1963 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games, which is the original name of the SEA Games. The 1963 Games were, however, cancelled due to political problems.
Construction of the new main stadium is key to helping the kingdom meet the high international standards demanded for the SEA Games. The Chinese government had agreed to fund Phase 2 of the complex and finance its completion.
The committee anticipates that the sports complex will be completed in its entirety by 2020 or 2021.