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Cambodia focuses on preparations for 2021 SEA Games

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Representatives of various sports federation attend the meeting. KT/Yeun Punleau

Preparations for the upcoming 2021 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam took centre stage at a meeting held this week between the 2023 Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) and the various sports federations in the Kingdom.

The meeting was held on July 28 at the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) in Phnom Penh.

Tourism Minister Thong khon, who is also the vice president of CAMSOC, presided over the meeting. Also present were NOCC Secretary General Vath Chamroeun, other officers of NOCC and CAMSOC and heads of different sports federations.

The meeting mainly tackled a report on the preparations and what the various national delegations, including Cambodia, can expect from there.

During the meeting, Chamroeun informed the national sports federations that athletes and other members of the delegation will be staying in hotels instead of a games village. He also reminded them on the need of athletes and others to provide as early as possible the information needed for online registration.

Also included in the discussions are the sports that will be included in the next SEA Games.

The number and kind of sports that will be included in the 2021 SEA Games has recently become an issue with other countries asking Vietnam to add more sports to the original list.

Vietnam has initially proposed for 36 sports to be played in the regional competition. But other countries have proposed the inclusion of 11 other sports, including sailing, indoor hockey, netball, cricket, skateboard, sambo, tenpin, rugby, squash, lawn balls and e-sports.

As the host, Vietnam, with the concurrence of the Southeast Asian Games Federation, decides on the list. The final decision will come in November.

Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi will be the venue for most of the SEA Games activities. The cities and provinces of Haiphong, Nam Dinh, Vinh Phuc, ha Nam, Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Hai Duong will also host SEA Games-related events.

At the end of the 2021 SEA Games, the SEA Games flag will be turned over to the Kingdom as the next host.

For the 2021 SEA Games, Cambodia is looking at eight disciplines where it has the greatest chance of winning medals. These include wrestling, petanque, taekwondo, boxing, Khmer martial arts and tennis.

During the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines, Cambodia amassed a total of 46 medals, for its second best finish since rejoining the region’s premier sporting event in 1995. Cambodia won medals in boxing, taekwondo, jiu-jitsu, sepak takraw, arnis, muay thai, petanque and kickboxing.

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