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CAMSOC urges SEA Games prep

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Vath Chamroeun stressed that in order to be successful on the podium, Cambodia needed national sporting federations to work together. KT / Yeun Punlue

CAMSOC, the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee, has concluded its latest round of 2023 SEA Games workshops with a message that the kingdom’s sporting federations should not delay in their athlete development programs.

Vath Chamroeun, secretary general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia speaking at the Financial and Administrative Procedures Workshop at the NOCC headquarters said it was crucial to move forward and synchronise processes between federations.

“It is the basic principle in the implementation of our strategic plans and it is one that we all agree is necessary if we are to successfully host [the SEA Games]”, he said.

Financial procedures and guidelines for athlete development have been part of policy for a number of years, one which provides funding for both domestic and international training for the kingdom’s most promising athletes.

Mr. Chamroeun stressed that in order to be successful on the podium, Cambodia needed national sporting federations to come together and work hard and heed the national sports policy of the Royal Government as well as the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport.

“We must understand that we are now responsible for the nation and our legacy at the SEA Games, so we must join together to reform,” said Mr. Chamroeun.

Committee members urged sporting federation officials and stakeholders to find out about proposed budgets and procedures in accessing funding for respective disciplines.

The government has committed to spending approximately $400 million to organise the games with CAMSOC tasked with planning the regional sporting spectacle.

In a meeting earlier this year, CAMSOC said it had 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 also host some sporting competitions in 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 sports complex under construction in northern Phnom Penh includes a new multi-million dollar stadium – dubbed the Morodok Techo National 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 – the original name of the SEA Games. Cambodia failed to organise the SEA Games in 1963 due to political issues with Thailand over the disputed Preah Vihear temple.

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.

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