PM to host athletes for annual gathering

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Prime Minister Hun Sen receiving an International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy in 2017. KT/ Yeun Punlue

Over 4,000 athletes, officials and coaches are set to meet Prime Minister Hun Sen at Koh Pich tomorrow for the fourth annual meeting between the kingdom’s athletes and the nation’s leader.

The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) announced that selected athletes would meet Prime Minister Hun Sen in which they expected he would brief athletes of their responsibilities as well as dish out prizes and rewards to the Kingdom’s most successful sportsmen and women.

Mr. Hun Sen, who is himself a keen golfer, has long stated the high importance he and the government placed in Cambodia’s sports development.

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“I promise to continue the good work in promoting sports in our country, Mr. Hun Sen said after receiving an International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy as recognition of his contributions to sports development in Cambodia in 2017.

“But this award is not only for me, but for the country as a whole. Especially our athletes across the country who are actively involved in sport and helping the Olympic movement to grow both nationally and internationally.”

“Our progress from almost nothing after the Pol Pot regime, which saw sport decimated and many of our finest athletes lost, I am pleased to see that after peace was restored we were able to foster a renaissance, he added.”

The government has in recent years, been generous in rewarding Cambodia’s sportsmen and women from a special sports prize fund.

In a private capacity, the prime minister has also given cash prizes to Sorn Seavmey, a gold medalist in taekwondo at the 2014 Asian Games, gold medalist Sen Rady in the 2015 World Vovinam Championship and petanque stars Sok Chanmean and Ke Leng, medalists at World Championships in 2016 and 2015 respectively.

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He has also lavished prize money on members of the Cambodia’s much-loved national football team.

Cambodia will host the 2023 SEA Games – the regional sporting showpiece and for which construction of a China-funded stadium on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh is underway.

The main stadium is part of the Morodok Techo National Sport Complex, which is located on an 85-hectare site inside the Garden City in Chrouy Changvar district, 15km north of central Phnom Penh.

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