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Cambodia congratulates Doha, Riyadh for successful Asian Games bids

Sar Socheath and and Jose Rodriguez T. Senase / Khmer Times Share:
NOCC President Thong Khon headed Cambodia’s delegation to the 39th OCA General Assembly. KT/Yuen Punlue

The Cambodian delegation to the 39th Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly congratulated Doha, Qatar and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for winning the right to host the 2030 and 2034 Asian Games.

Doha won the right to host the 2030 edition of the Asian Games, while Riyadh will host the continent’s biggest sports event four years later.

The voting for the Asian Games host cities was held on the sidelines of the 39th OCA General Assembly last week. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the meeting was held virtually.

Vath Chamroeun, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia (NOCC), said both cities deserve the right to host the Asian Games.

Chamroeun and NOCC President Thong Khon headed Cambodia’s delegation to the 39th OCA General Assembly.

Cambodia joined 45 other countries in the meeting. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and OCA President Prince Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah of Kuwait were among those who attended the meeting.

“The elections were highly-competitive. Both cities are highly-qualified and have the resources to host this major continental sports event,” he said.

According to foreign media reports, the OCA decided to hold a vote only for the 2030 Asian Games with the stipulation that the other candidate will host the Asian Games in 2034.

Doha and Riyadh were the only cities that competed for the right to host the 2030 and 2034 Asian Games. The Asian Games is held every four years.

The election was done by secret voting.

The results were announced by the OCA President shortly after the voting.  Doha obtained 27 votes, Riyadh had 10 and eight abstained.

This will be the second time for Doha to host the Asian Games. The capital city of Qatar also hosted the 2006 edition of the continental sports event. For Riyadh, it will be the first for Saudi Arabia’s capital city to host the Asian Games.

Cambodia, which is preparing to welcome delegates to the 2023 Southeast Asian Games, has yet to host the Asian Games.

Bangkok, Thailand hosted the most number of Asian Games, hosting it four times in 1966, 1970, 1978 and 1998.

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