The Khmer Swimming Federation has announced a full-day swimming competition is set for Thursday and will be hosted at the state-of-the-art Indoor Stadium and Aquatics Centre within the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.
Hem Kiri, secretary general of the Khmer Swimming Federation, said that the competition was organised by the Khmer Federation of Swimming with the support Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng.
“For this contest, we divided the athletes into four groups [according to age and gender] We also have national team athletes as well as those with disabilities who are set to compete. Each player can compete in two disciplines,” said Mr. Kiri.
The swimming federation is accelerating its training with the swimming pool at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh currently undergoing a $2 million renovation in a bid to improve training facilities ahead of Manila, and meet international standards ahead of the 2023 SEA Games. The Olympic Stadium swimming pool had been in use for over 50 years with little renovation.
The renovation was begun last year by Shanghai Construction Group Co., Ltd, and is part of the overhaul of Cambodia’s sporting venues ahead of the 2023 SEA Games which will be hosted in Phnom Penh. It is set to be completed next month.
Phnom Penh will host the 43rd Sea Age Group Swimming Championships in June, while just last month, the federation said it is hoping to send its athletes for long-term training abroad ahead of the 2019 Manila SEA Games.
Secretary-general Kiri said the federation was looking at sending five of its athletes for training in China or Japan in what is an important year for the sport.
Swimming athletes are already able to call upon the state-of-the-art Indoor Stadium and Aquatics Centre facilities within the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.
The final touches were put on the centre in April 2017, putting an end to phase 1 construction of the estimated $150 million venue. The Morodok Techo National Sport Complex is located on an 85-hectare site 15 kilometres north of central Phnom Penh.