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Cambodia starts countdown for 2023 SEA Games

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CAMSOC officers and members discuss various plans regarding the much-anticipated 2023 SEA Games. KT/Yeun Punleau

The Cambodian sports community is set to gather soon to start the 1,000-day countdown to the 2023 Southeast Asian Games.

The ceremony to open the countdown will be held at the Morodok Techo National Stadium this coming Friday, according to an announcement from the Cambodia SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC).

During the same occasion, CAMSOC will also formally unveil the official logo, mascot and theme of the 32nd SEA Games.

The theme selected for the Cambodia-hosted SEA Games is “Sport live in peace”, which is reportedly a reflection of the role that sports plays in cementing peace and friendship among countries in the region.

The main feature for the logo is Angkor Wat and four dragons, both well-known symbols of the Kingdom. The mascots, meanwhile, are two rabbits wearing Cambodian uniforms, one red and the other blue, reflecting the colours of the Cambodian flag.

Minister of Defense and CAMSOC chairman Tea Banh, Tourism Minister and CAMSOC vice-president Thong Khon and National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC) secretary
general Vath Chamroeun will be among the dignitaries who will grace the occasion.

According to a programme of activities provided to the local media, the ceremony will start at 5pm with a blessing dance performance, followed by the speeches of Minister Thong Khon and Gen Tea Banh and the recognition of the winning designers.

The awardees will later deliver their impressions and talk about the story behind their designs.

The ceremony will also include a bokator martial arts demo and dancesport performances. It will conclude with the formal declaration of the 1,000-day countdown.

CAMSOC, NOCC and allied agencies and organisations have been busy preparing for the 2023 SEA Games. Officials and members of these organisations have been meeting regularly every week to map out plans and receive progress reports amid the novel coronavirus pandemic that hit the Kingdom earlier this year.

The 2023 SEA Games will kick off on May 5, 2023.

This will mark Cambodia’s first time hosting the regional sports competition. The Kingdom was initially slated to host the 1963 Games (then known as Southeast Asian Peninsular Games), but political turmoil at the time prevented such from pushing through.

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