The coronavirus pandemic is not deterring Cambodia’s sports officials from preparations related to the Southeast Asian Games in 2023.
Cambodia will host the SEA Games for the first time three years from now and the Kingdom is sparing no effort organising it.
A post in the official Facebook page of the Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC), disclosed that Tourism Minister Thong Khon, who is also the Permanent Vice President of CAMSOC, convened a meeting with the Committee of Experts and other concerned officials to review the plans and to get an update on the preparations for Southeast Asia’s biggest sports event.
The meeting was held at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) on May 19.
According to CAMSOC, the meeting dwelled on two main agendas. The first relates to updates on the ongoing construction at the $200 million Morodok Techo National Sports Complex.
The 60,000-seat sports complex, which sits on 85 hectares of land in Ly Yong Phat development area of Phnom Penh, will serve as the main venue of the SEA Games. To date, the complex is 80 percent complete and is scheduled to be finished by the end of this year.
In their discussion about the sports complex, the participants also tackled the construction of roads leading in and out of the venue.
Two new roads linking Phnom Penh to the new stadium are being planned for more efficient transport at the same ease the congestion on other roads nearby during the SEA Games, which is expected to bring in thousands of locals and foreign visitors to Cambodia’s capital city.
The meeting, according to CAMSOC, also tackled the role and responsibilities being undertaken by six of the 14 major committee/commissions involved with the preparations.
NOCC Secretary-General Vath Chamroeun, who was also at the meeting, said the committees and others involved with the preparations were told to accelerate their work. He said they will continue to hold regular meetings every week amid the coronavirus pandemic so that work and other preparations will not be delayed.
After initial worries, Cambodia’s coronavirus situation has come under control, with no additional cases of infection in the last three weeks.
Cambodia will host the SEA Games after Hanoi, Vietnam, which is the host of the 2021 SEA Games. Adding to the significance of the event for Cambodia is the fact it will be the first time for the Kingdom to host such a big and prestigious sports event in its history.
Cambodia was supposed to host the SEA Games in 1963, but it was cancelled due to the domestic political situation at that time.