The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) marked Olympic Day on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the Olympic Movement.
Olympic Day is held annually on June 23 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games with millions of people celebrating in 160 countries.
Its aim is to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, as well as the three pillars of Olympic Day: move, learn and discover.
The modern Olympic movement was established 125 years ago in 1894 with the first official modern Olympic Games held in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
Mr. Vath Chamroeun, secretary general at the NOCC, gave the almost 200 attendees a brief history and introduction to the movement.
“The Olympics are divided into two categories, the Classical Olympic Games dating back over 2000 years and which were held on Mount Olympia in Greece. The [modern] Olympics began at the turn of the 19thcentury,” he explained,
Attendees were also briefed on the Olympic Movement through a presentation by Mr. Nhan Sokvisal, Director of International Relations and International Cooperation Department (NOCC).
In addition to Olympic Movement knowledge, young people young sports leaders also received training on mental health from Ms. Tauch Chan Nary, Mindfulness and Meditation Trainer from World Peace Iniative.
This year was the first occasion that the NOCC held Olympic Day at the still under construction Morodok Techo National Sports Complex Stadium.
Estimated in May to be 50 percent complete, the Morodok Techo Sports Complex sits on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh, built in preparedness for the Phnom Penh SEA Games in 2023. Phase 1 was completed last April and forms part of a larger sports complex under construction for the last five years. Some swimming and sporting centres have already been completed.
The new multi-million-dollar main stadium will be the centrepiece of the 2023 SEA Games, while the complex in its entirety is estimated to cost about $200 million when complete. The Chinese government had agreed to fund Phase 2 of the complex and finance its completion.
Construction began in April 2013 on a 94-hectare lot near National Road 5 in Russei Keo district and is key to helping the kingdom meet high international standards demanded for the SEA Games. Main stadium construction began in August, 2017.
After decades of conflict, Cambodia is set to host the 2023 SEA Games – the region’s most important sporting spectacle. The government is planning to funnel upwards of $400 million to organise the games.